While removing names from these documents is necessary to ensure the safety of those involved, by doing so, the lessons taught by the resolution of the related problems are nearly lost. We've been taught to disregard the connotations of names by rules of language that claim a proper name is only a handle and that any meaning inferred by the handle is irrelevant, but the fact is that names and their associated meanings - even by way of connotation have such an impact on most of us that to ignore that feature of our lives would deny a major aspect of building character well.
We’re not asked to be a good example of Jesus Christ, or any other figure that's been honored, worshiped, or exalted throughout history. We've been asked to be the best example of the people we truly are by fully realizing the potential afforded by our own gifts and circumstances. So if our name happens to be associated with a figure, or concept that's relevant to our lives, let's take full advantage of the opportunity to be all we can be without shame. God needs our help! And there's no escape from the private confrontation that reveals the problem He needs the most help with. To partner with a creative force is far better than being condemned by destructive forces that result from problems we’d prefer to be rid of.
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