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    by Susan McGrath

Do You Know My Name?
Date Posted: August 28, 2008

Most of the world now knows the name Michael Phelps. Because of he won more gold medals than anyone else in history and set new world records in swimming his name is known not only by the general public but by marketers hoping to use his notoriety to sell their products.

Name recognition has been emphasized throughout history as it appeals to our longing to be important. I was watching a game show recently where, as an incentive, the contestant's favorite celebrity called to cheer for her. This woman was more excited about the "star power" than about winning money. She jumped up and down screaming "Aretha Franklin knows my name!"

Well, I'm sure Aretha doesn't know my name and despite my vast readership with this column I don't think many others do either. I'm positive that no representatives from Nike, Speedo or Gatorade (or even Dell or Subway whose products I use almost daily) will be calling me with multi-million-dollar contracts.

But that's okay because even though I don't always acknowledge the fact, someone even greater than the Nike corporation or Aretha Franklin not only knows my name, but knows when a hair falls from my head (or turns gray); saves every tear I cry; has a plan and a care for every minute of my life.

Why am I not jumping up and down with unbridled enthusiasm and shouting at the top of my voice that the Creator of the universe knows my name? How can I treat something so magnificent as if it is just an unimportant detail? God not only knows my name and everything about me but He loves me! He loves me so much that He sacrificed His only child to give me life!

"For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be." - Psalm 139:13-16

When I have days where the world makes me feel insignificant I need only turn to scripture and smile: the Creator, Sustainer, Redeemer, Father - Elohim, Yahweh, Jehovah - knows my name.

He knows my name!

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Biography Information:
Susan McGrath is:

a recovering journalist trying to encourage others and glorify God through writing;

living the small-town life with husband Tim and sons Lincoln, 12, and Sawyer, 6;

completing a few put-off writing projects while using chocolate for therapy.
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