Since we have announced what the name is going to be for our adopted son, some people are asking why we chose the name as it is unusual. TJ and I go into great thought when we think about our kids names. One requirement that we have is that the name needs to be from the Bible. The most important thing we look at is the meanings.
With those two things in mind we start looking in the Bible for some guidance. No, we do not just open it up to the genealogies and start looking for a cool name with a cool meaning. We look to see what Jesus is telling us. Names are something that you have for the rest of your life. What a perfect opportunity to use a name to remind a child or adult what a purpose of their life is. With that being said, let me introduce you to our kids’ names and why we chose them.
First let’s start with Micah, our oldest son. Micah means “Who is like God.” We are supposed to be going through our actions thinking about what Jesus would do in the situations we are in. You all remember the W.W.J.D. bracelets; Micah’s name is like a permanent bracelet. When he hears his name, he will be reminded to think about what Jesus would do.
Ephraim, our second son, means “fruitful”. Jesus tells us that we need to portray the fruit of the spirit. Those fruit, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, meekness and self-control, are 9 attributes that we need to portray in every aspect of our lives. Secondly, Jesus tells us that we need to be fruitful and multiply in numbers. His name is a reminder to go out and make disciples and followers of Jesus.
So, giving a child a name is something that we see as a “teaching moment” in their walk with Jesus.
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