You’re driving to work, minding your own business; radio on in the background. Suddenly, a name is mentioned. Say, “Simone Biles.” Without skipping a beat, your mind flashes an image of a beautiful, young, Olympic gymnast. A smile slips across your lips. “Yes, she won another gold medal. That’s so wonderful!”
But there it is. For a moment. Then, you go about the rest of your work day, and the image has most likely vanished. For that split second, though, you were completely focused on that person and the information your intellect had stored regarding them.
I could mention at least a dozen names, and your mind would conjure up that same, instantaneous visible impression. Your emotions might not be quite so positive, depending on the reference. So let’s take it a step beyond that hypothetical moment. I’m going to list some famous names. Just focus on each of them a few seconds. Imagine the face, and recognize the disposition you have toward that person. This is no mind trick--just a simple exercise.
Joan of Arc
John F. Kennedy
Sammy Davis, Jr.
That may have felt like a bit of a roller coaster, as each of those individuals is known for something, but not all positive.
So let me throw out this name:
Now that’s a bit more difficult, isn’t it? After all, there are no photographs of Jesus. No one is still living who knew Him when He walked this earth. There are many conflicting stories of His life. Our modern world has as many views of who He was and what He stood for, as there are people in our population.
The big difference is this: what we think of Him affects everything we are, and everything we do. Even for those who dismiss Him, that very dismissal has consequences for every thought and action of their lives. Not just for today, but for every day. Not just for a moment, but for every moment. They could just blithely go on with their day after they hear that name mentioned. But that discharge of thought doesn’t let anyone off the hook.
So what’s in that Name for you?