“Before I formed you in the womb I knew[a] you,
before you were born I set you apart;
I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”
"Hey you, come here!"
"Why should I?"
"Because I want you to."
"You don't even know my name! Why should I even care?"
The life of a teacher isn't always that easy. How is this poor person supposed to remember the names of all the students at his/her school? There was one teacher who found the solution to this problem. He gave nicknames to all of his students. For some reason he could remember these nicknames better than the children's real names!
But can you imagine being born without a name? Everyone around you would have no choice but to call you "Hey you!" Not very personal! In such circumstances I would prefer to have a nickname. Hopefully it would be a flattering one!
When at Moody Bible Institute a friend of mine met someone one who did not have a first name for the first five years of his life.
How could that be?
To the horror of my friend, he explained that many new babies in Kenya do not receive a given name until they are 5 years old. The reason? The infant mortality rate is so high that some parents feel it is too painful to give something as personal as a name to a child during the first five years of his or her life!
Unlike many children under five in Kenya, the man my friend met survived, thanks to the intervention of a Christian charitable organization.
We Christians have the responsibility to bring hope to the hopeless, help to the helpless, victory to the defeated, and purpose to those who are lost. Love changes everything. Ask those nameless children who receive a name in the name of the Lord!
"Hey you! What will you do to bring meaning in this world?"
Dear Lord, open our eyes again today so that we may see how we can reach out to someone in need and show them that they are loved. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.