What’s so special about a name? Names distinguish us from other people and quickly become part of our identity. Even infants and pets recognize their names and will turn towards the voice that calls them. Think about how you feel when someone forgets your name or says it incorrectly. That might make you cringe inside a little, but when someone remembers your name or works hard to pronounce it correctly, that makes us feel great!
How can you be intentional about using people’s names this week? Maybe instead of a quick, “Love you,” try saying, “Mom, I love you.” If you go to Starbucks or a fast food joint, look for a name tag and say hello to the teller at the register or drive-through, and say thank you using their name.