Where I work, they have many things that they ask of us. Just like any job, some of those things are annoying. The most annoying, I think, is that they want us to say people’s names when we are talking to them. Not just once or twice, but a very specific number of times. And this number is per sentence. “Hello Mrs. Jones, I’m calling to speak with you about something very important, Mrs. Jones. Now, Mrs. Jones, when is a good time for us to to meet, Mrs Jones?
One person I worked with took it too far, and started talking to people in the office the same way. “Hey, Rich I’m about to go to lunch Rich do you want to go with me Rich? Rich I was thinking about going to Whataburger Rich what do you think Rich?”
I sometimes would rather run my truck off a bridge than hear my own name.
I get the same treatment from businesses that call me. Recently I was in a car wreck, and the shop that was working on my car called every other day to give an update. Which is too much calling, really, but during those calls I would hear my name just about every twelve seconds.
It’s just too much. I know who I am. I know that you know who I am, too. Mostly because you keep saying it.
There are some exceptions to this, though.
When my kids are running toward me, smiling, screaming “Daddy!” I could do that all day.
When my wife calls me out of the blue and asks if I have time for lunch. I wish the answer would always be “yes”, but just to hear her voice, and hear her say my name – it always makes my day.
And to hear my Savior, calling me by name in His still, small voice – nothing in the universe compares.
You see, sometimes I get busy, and I forget about things, and I forget about people. I forget that people need to be valued, that they need to be called by name. They need to know that they are not forgotten. My kids, my family, even my customers – they all need to know that I am there for them. They need to hear me say their name!
God knows that we need this, so he has engraved our names on the palm of His hand. He will never forget who you are! Nothing is powerful enough to make Him forget any of us – not even our own sinfulness! When you need to hear your name the most, God will be there for you!