Words from our Chaplain – What’s in a Name?

I want to start this devotion off with an apology.  I have been missing for a few months but I have been in a time of reflection.  It started a few months ago when my wife was getting ready for work and put on her name tag.  Then it struck me I had no name tag.  I felt like I had no identity, I was feeling I had no direction.  I had to search my life to find myself again.  I have always been a support person, as an EMT I supported my partner.  As a Paramedic I supported my medical director’s protocols to treat my patients.  As an educator I supported my students so they would be successful.  As a program director I supported my institution to be a place of quality education.  As the AEMTA President I supported the membership.  As an NAEMT Board member I supported EMS on a national level.

Now with retirement, all that’s gone!

I felt like I had no direction or no one to support.  In life we place a huge emphasis on titles and the letters after our name.  We are recognized by our ID.  The one we wear on our uniform but is that who we are?  It took a trip to a Stronger Man’s Conference to find my support, my ID and direction in my life.

The old gospel song “A new name in glory” written by C. Austin Miles goes,

“There’s a new name written down in glory,
And it’s mine, O yes, it’s mine!”

In God’s Kingdom we are the name that God has written in his book, The Book of life.  None of my titles are there, not one of my awards are there only my new name given by God’s Lamb, Jesus.  In Isaiah 62:2 “…. thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the Lord shall name.”  The only thing in this life is that you know Jesus as your personal savior.  The ID on our heart should be Christian!  Which means Christ Like.  Me be like our Jesus?  Yes, we should try, He said in John 13:34 – 36, “A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”

Pretty plain. We must know Him and love.  Those are acts of kindness to everyone.  Try to walk in love this month.  What can it hurt? It might lead you to a new name.

God, I pray that you keep our emergency responders safe as they work in this world.  Guide them in their walk with you.  Grant them wisdom to do a job that you called them to perform.  Let them walk in love this month and until they enter into their eternal home.  Amen.

Stay safe!

KC

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