*Note to Readers: This book has a lot of thought provoking and inspirational statements. But my mom has read the whole book, which I have not, and she says that some of the text’s truth is questionable, so if you’re reading this book after my recommendation, then, my dear readers, continue with Godly discretion. God Bless!
Chapter Four: Don’t Let Life Change Your Name
Bible Reading: Ruth 1:19-20
19 So they two went until they came to Bethlehem. And it came to pass, when they were come to Bethlehem, that all the city was moved about them, and they said, Is this Naomi?
20 And she said unto them, Call me not Naomi, call me Mara: for the Almighty hath dealt very bitterly with me.
Chosen Notes From Chapter:
- Naomi lost touch with her own unique personality and purpose. When we experience a crisis, we become disoriented, confused, and uncertain about what’s what. The world we once knew has forever changed-our expectations, our goals, or journeys. Drained of strength, certainty, and significance, we no longer remember who we are or even how we arrived at such a place in our lives. Suffering from a case of spiritual amnesia, we allow our losses and mistakes to redefine us. Liar, cheater, dummy, fool, adulterer– life gives us countless titles if we let it. Some may even reflect mistakes we’ve made or trials we’re still enduring.
- Without a strong foundation to ground us, in the midst of our pain we may face an identity crisis. Will we remember who we’ve always been, or will this hurt be what now defines us? When the memories of what should have been invade your soul and shake your core, whatever you do, don’t let it change your name.
- Don’t reward misery by allowing it to be the center of your life. Don’t give the person who has injured you any more time in the spotlight. Don’t allow your life’s headlines to keep repeating old news.
- Do you want to be remembered as hostile, viscous, or spiteful? Or do you want the world to remember how you survived and learned to live again?
- Don’t miss the moments when God sends you a reminder of who you were meant to be. Joy can only come in the morning if you remember to open the curtains and let in the morning light.
Questions to Ask Yourself:
How do you define yourself? What words would you use to describe who you really are?
How do you want to be remembered?
When have you allowed your pain to make you forget your destiny?
How would the healed you be different from the hurt you?