2014-03-24 - What Would Naphtali Say?
I dislike my name. Its hard to spell, for one thing, and Im always telling people how to pronounce it. If those two things were not enough, the word does not have a nice meaning - my struggle. Regarding my birth, Rachel, my mother "said, 'I have had a great struggle with my sister, and I have won.' So she named him Naphtali. (Genesis 30:8)
Why not pick a name which means success or triumph, then? I didnt appreciate that Rachel looked at my new life as a token in a game, but that was her focus at the time, I suppose.
Despite my given name, I was not a troublemaker. Before my father Jacob died, he spoke to all his sons. To me, Jacob said I would be set free and would talk with good, beautiful words.
My father was right. Words are important to me, as you can see in the meanings of my four childrens first names.
Jahzeel: God will allot
I wanted my sons names to encourage them throughout their lives.
Lord, The sunny side of life doesnt come automatically to me. Help me to change that. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.
All scripture references are from the NIV unless otherwise noted.