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Topic: BRAND (01/12/17)
- TITLE: Name Brand
By Vicki Thomas
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Our family has been blessed with the privilege of living in plenty for most of our lives. We have also had the even greater privilege of serving on the mission field for a few years as well. Given the dichotomy of these two drastic extremes, we have as Paul said, “…learned to be content whatever the circumstances” (Phil. 4:12 NIV). However, I have found that when the circumstances involve name brand toilet paper, I tend to be a lot more content...
Names carry weight. In my opinion, Charmin Ultra Strong has no equal – even when the competitors want to try and convince me otherwise by cleverly calling it “Equate.” I’m not buying it. Literally or figuratively. God said, “I am the LORD, and there is no other” (Isa. 45:6b). He has the market on this one. No competitors. None equal. He also gave His Son “…the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is LORD, to the glory of God the Father” (Phil. 2:9-11 NIV). Now there’s a Name throwing its weight around that has the power to break chains and set captives free. And scripture also says that there is no other Name by which a person can be saved (Acts 4:12 NIV). So, since my home is full of teenagers at this stage in my life, I feel like I am in a constant state of needing to be saved...especially from a name that my children have given me, “…Oh Mom…”.
Unfortunately, it is not a name that carries any weight. I jokingly call it, “Me Irish name”, probably just because it starts with “Oh”. This name is often used by my children when I am an afterthought, a last resort, or in a time of need. “…Oh, Mom, by the way, the car is out of gas…” “Oh Mom! Could you help me finish this really quick?” “-Oh Mom! Can you wash and dry this? I need it right now!” And so I can totally relate to the poor little alien in the movie, "Home", who has also been given the name “Oh” by his entire planet – due to all of the mistakes he has made – because I feel his pain. Anytime your first name is “Oh”, it seems to signify there is a problem.
God could have easily decided to give each us the first name “Oh”. We are an entire planet of people that has caused Him a few problems. He has definitely had to go before us, come behind us, pick up our pieces, fix all our mistakes. But in His great love for us, He decided to send His Son Jesus to save us from this name. He gave us a weightier name. A name that brands us as his own - He calls us “children of God” (1 John 3:1 NIV). We are His workmanship, created in His image -His Original Name Brand. It causes me to be plenty content. Sometimes a name brand makes all the difference in the bathroom. Sometimes it makes all the difference in the world.
Barker, Kenneth L. Zondervan NIV Study Bible: New International Version. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1984. Print.
Home. Dir. Kyle Balda. Perf. Animated. 2016. Film.
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