What’s Your Name?
The words on this gal’s shirt captured my attention at my grandson’s baseball game: “Sarcasm — just one more service I offer”. And indeed that’s what she offered. I couldn’t believe my eyes that she’d wear a shirt like that and neither could I believe the sarcasm that she had. It was evident that she wore that shirt with pride. I thought to myself, why would she want to call herself that or would want to speak of herself in that way? How about a t-shirt that said “Encourager” or “Cheerleader” or “Proud Mom” or even “Free Hugs”?
Then, I thought about a precious little child that I saw wearing a t-shirt with the words “I’m a little monster.” Sure, that child might be a little mischievous, but by no means does that merit being called a monster. Whoever gave her that shirt, is labeling her “a monster”! What are they thinking?
Then I thought about the inspiring words of our close and dear friend, Zig Ziglar, who led the way in optimism, speaking on-purpose words that would build up others, and who wrote the best-selling books, “Born to Win”, “See You at the Top”, “Staying Up, Up, Up in a Negative Word”, “Raising Positive Kids in a Negative World” and so many more “what you say, is what you get kind-of-books”. Obviously, that baseball mom and the one who put a “monster” t-shirt on their child never read any of those books because they were speaking the complete opposite of positivity. Zig said these words in his talks and books:
“There is power in words. What you say is what you get.”
“The greatest source of happiness is to be grateful at all times.”
“You can get everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.”
“Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.”
“You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win.”
Our family gleaned so much from Zig’s mentorship and leadership style. We raised our two children on his faith-filled, action-filled words. But, even more to the point is the Bible which says “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” (Proverbs 23:7) And, talk about name-calling, how do you like the names that God calls us? Blessed, beloved, friend, child of God, chosen one, righteous one, princess, beautiful, blameless, light of the world, holy, royal priesthood, redeemed. So, as children of Almighty God and made in His image, shouldn’t we be calling ourselves, and those around us, names that build up and encourage?
Our reality may just be what we’re calling to ourselves. If we want and desire a life of joy, contentment, peace, and love, doesn’t it make sense that we do our best to promote it in every way possible? If we want our children to be confident, feeling loved and embraced, shouldn’t we be calling them champions? World Changers! History Makers! Brilliant! Smart! Precious!