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Names

Whether we know it or not names carry meaning. In the Old Testament, children were named after they were born, so sometimes their name was representative of an aspect of who they were when they arrived in the world. Esau was named that because he was "very red at birth and covered with hair like a fur coat." (Genesis 25:25) Esau sounds like a Hebrew term that means "hair." There are messages in the naming of Joseph's and Moses' sons. Let's take a look at that. Joseph's two boys born of Asenath (the daughter of Potipher, the priest of On) in the land of Egypt. In the first seven years of plenty, Asenath had two children which Joseph named. Manasseh was named this because it meant, "God has made me forget all my troubles and everyone in my father's family (Genesis 41:51)."There is a certain sorrow here about the father he loved so dearly and also an acceptance to the bitterness of his brothers in Joseph's naming of this first boy. Plus…

Wisdom's Ways

I think we all know when we have encountered a wise person. We want to stay in their presence. We are thirsty for their words. It seems like every sentence they speak is packed with life understanding. Our responses are "wow," "amazing," and "I want more." The Queen of Sheba made the long journey to Solomon because she had heard of his fame. She was drawn to be with him and "when she met with Solomon, she talked with him about everything she had on her mind." "He had answers for all her questions, nothing was too hard for the king to explain to her (1 Kings 10:2-3)." You see that is the nature of wisdom. It draws, delights, defines and discovers truth, apparent yet illusive to most of us. As Solomon writes about it he says, "I will teach you wisdom's ways and lead you in straight paths. When you walk, you won't be held back; when you run you won't stumble. Take hold of my instructions; don't let them go. Guard them, …

Light Among Darkness

Two psychologists named Joseph Luft and Harry Ingram created a four quadrant box that reveals the four areas of "knowing" going on simultaneously in your heart. The upper left quadrant was identified as the "public self" and included what you wear, do, and say in public. The upper right quadrant was identified as the "blind self" being things you don't know about yourself like expressions, your bad breath, tilting your head while you talk, or having a cookie crumb on your mustache. These are things seen by others but not by you. The lower left quadrant was identified as the "hidden self" including your feelings, desires, and goals. It was the "you" you know but haven't shared with anyone. It could include good and bad things in your past that have remained there because you never bring them up. The lower right quadrant was identified as the "unknown self" to you and others. This could include generational pain passed o…