As the often quoted line from Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" says, "A rose by any other name would smell as sweet." Basically what the heroin was trying to say is that our names don't really make us who we are. But don't they? We are identified by our names, but the only name that really
When I decided to launch this website, I knew right away I wanted to simply name it after myself. You know, give it a “grown-up” name. (Because “Missy” is so grown-up, right?!?)
That was all fine and good until I discovered that someone had “stolen” my name in the dot com world! The NERVE! How could there be another Missy Lewis in this world???
I declined the suggestions to use dot net or dot me, etc. because I wanted to be Missy Lewis dot com! I am THE Missy Lewis after all!
BINGO!!! That was it! I had found my domain name.
And that, my friends, is how I became THE Missy Lewis.
Proverbs 22:1 says, “A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold.”
I was given the name Melissa Lynn Young as a newborn baby. When I was four, I was adopted by my stepfather and became Melissa Lynn Pierce. And then at the borderline old maid age of 17, I became Melissa Lynn Lewis.
I’m not sure how old I was when my family shortened Melissa to Missy (or really even how that’s even a logical nickname.) But I was Missy! Aka Missy Moo. Aka Moo.
I tend to be a little particular about my name. I prefer to be called “Missy,” even in my professional life. On the rare occasion I am referred to as “Melissa,” I look around the room to see if my colleague by that name is there.
And Lord help the poor soul who misunderstands and calls me “Misty,” “Mitzi,” “Nancy,” or “Lucy!” There is no redemption for them! (JK! I’m pretty gracious, but I WILL correct you!)
Our names are how we are identified, but they also express our character or nature. Missy is a name of Greek origin which means “bee.” According to one source, bearers of this name are often charismatic and successful leaders who value “truth, justice, and discipline.” They are humanitarians who love to invest into the lives of others.
(I chose the bee with a crown, not because I am a queen, but because my Daddy is the King!)
According to THE source, though, God has named us. I love Isaiah 43:1b, “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.” (ESV)
God has called me by name! He has called you by name! We are HIS, and He named us before we even took our first breath!!!
“The Lord called me from the womb, from the body of my mother he named my name.” (Isaiah 49:1b, ESV)
Be aware, sweet sisters, that our enemy calls us by other names. He calls us “unworthy,” “unloved,” “orphans.” His lies are often so convincing that we believe God could never love us, let alone call us His own.
But God calls us CHOSEN (1 Peter 2:9), BELOVED (Romans 9:25), DAUGHTER (2 Cor. 6:18).
And the BEST part could possibly be that our names – those names that only God knows for now – are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life if we have accepted Jesus as our Savior!
In Revelation 3:5 tells us that Jesus will confess our names before the Father and His angels, and our names will never be blotted out of the Book of Life!
So, I am THE Missy Lewis. The one whom God loves. The one whom He has chosen.
And you, my friend, are THE (insert your name here). You are His chosen, beloved daughter.
Blessings, sweet sister!