the sweetest sound

 

The sweetest sound you will ever hear is your own name.

In this life….yes!

Hearing the sound of your name can be sweeter than the cry of a newborn baby, sweeter than “I love you”, sweeter than “Cancer Free”.  There is nothing like being known by name.  In my life I have been called by name by some of the people I respect most.  They knew me and remembered my name.  I know, this really sounds stupid and insecure.  Three of these men who I respect are the founder of the company I have been partnered with for 30 years, a leader who is friends with almost all of the Heads of State around the world and a member of Congress.  I was not looking for anything through knowing these men.  I was trying to serve them.

I learned from these experiences the impact of calling someone by his or her name.  I made a commitment to honor those around me by calling them by name as often as I could.  Why?  I wanted them to know that I knew who they were and how valuable their friendship was to me.  In my business I started a secret mission to call each of the people who worked for me by name and acknowledge them personally each day before I began my work.  Each day when I enter my business, I will spend the first hour going to see each member of my team where they are working speaking to them personally calling them by name.  My goal with the 80 members of my team is to call them by name each time I see them.  I can tell you the impact has been amazing.  I can watch them literally light up when they hear their name from me.  I have found a universal truth…. everyone wants to others to know who they are.

Patrick’s Lencioni writes about this finding in his book “The 3 Signs of a Miserable Job”.

My challenge to you.  Call those close to you by name and watch them change before your eyes as they hear the sweetest sound they will ever hear.

I don’t always think about this life.  I think about faith, hope and forever.  There is another name that is the sweetest name you will ever hear….. Jesus!  He was given the name above ALL names.  Scriptures talk about his name.  I have enclosed the scriptures that indicate the power in the name of Jesus.

From an eternal perspective, there is another who will call your name.

“The name beyond all names”

Mathew:

1:18-21 – The birth of Jesus Christ happened like this. When Mary was engaged to Joseph, just before their marriage, she was discovered to be pregnant – by the Holy Spirit. Whereupon Joseph, her future husband, who was a good man and did not want to see her disgraced, planned to break off the engagement quietly. But while he was turning the matter over in his mind an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife! What she has conceived is conceived through the Holy Spirit, and she will give birth to a son, whom you will call Jesus (‘the Savior’) for it is he who will save his people from their sins.”

1:22-23 – All this happened to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet – ‘Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel’. (“Immanuel” means “God with us.”)

1:24-25 – When Joseph woke up he did what the angel had told him. He married Mary, but had no intercourse with her until she had given birth to a son. Then he gave him the name Jesus.

Luke:

1:5-17 – The story begins in the days when Herod was king of Judea with a priest called Zacharias, whose wife Elisabeth was, like him, a descendant of Aaron. They were both truly religious people, blamelessly observing all God’s commandments and requirements. They were childless through Elisabeth’s infertility, and both of them were getting on in years. One day, while Zacharias was performing his priestly functions (it was the turn of his division to be on duty), it fell to him to go into the sanctuary and burn the incense. The crowded congregation outside was praying at the actual time of the incense-burning, when an angel of the Lord appeared on the right side of the incense-altar. When Zacharias saw him, he was terribly agitated and a sense of awe swept over him. But the angel spoke to him, “Do not be afraid, Zacharias; your prayers have been heard. Elisabeth your wife will bear you a son, and you are to call him John. This will be joy and delight to you and many more will be glad because he is born. He will be one of God’s great men; he will touch neither wine nor strong drink and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit from the moment of his birth. He will turn many of Israel’s children to the Lord their God. He will go out before God in the spirit and power of Elijah – to reconcile fathers and children, and bring back the disobedient to the wisdom of good men – and he will make a people fully ready for their Lord.”

1:18 – But Zacharias replied to the angel, “How can I know that this is true? I am an old man myself and my wife is getting on in years…”

1:19-20 – “I am Gabriel,” the angel answered. “I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and tell you this good news. Because you do not believe what I have said, you shall live in silence, and you shall be unable to speak a word until the day that it happens. But be sure that everything that I have told you will come true at the proper time.”

1:26-28 – Then, six months after Zacharias’ vision, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a Galilean town, Nazareth by name, to a young woman who was engaged to a man called Joseph. The girl’s name was Mary. The angel entered her room and said, “Greetings to you, Mary. O favored one! – the Lord be with you!”

1:29-33 – Mary was deeply perturbed at these words and wondered what such a greeting could possibly mean. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; God loves you dearly. You are going to be the mother of a son, and you will call him Jesus. He will be great and will be known as the Son of the most high. The Lord God will give him the throne of his forefather, David, and he will be king over the people of Jacob forever. His reign shall never end.”

1:34 – Then Mary spoke to the angel, “How can this be,” she said, “I am not married!”

1:35-37 – But the angel made this reply to her – “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, the power of the most high will overshadow you. Your child will therefore be called holy – the Son of God. Your cousin Elisabeth has also conceived a son, old as she is. Indeed, this is the sixth month for her, a woman who was called barren. For no promise of God can fail to be fulfilled.”

1:38 – “I belong to the Lord, body and soul;” replied Mary, “let it happen as you say.” And at this the angel left her.

1:39-45 – With little delay Mary got ready and hurried off to the hillside town in Judea where Zacharias and Elisabeth lived. She went into their house and greeted her cousin. When Elisabeth heard her greeting, the unborn child stirred inside her and she herself was filled with the Holy Spirit, and cried out, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is your child! What an honor it is to have the mother of my Lord come to see me! Why, as soon as your greeting reached my ears, the child within me jumped for joy! Oh, how happy is the woman who believes in God, for he does make his promises to her come true.”

1:46-55 – Then Mary said, “My heart is overflowing with praise of my Lord, my soul is full of joy in God my Savior. For he has deigned to notice me, his humble servant and, after this, all the people who ever shall be will call me the happiest of women! The one who can do all things has done great things for me – oh, holy is his Name! Truly, his mercy rests on those who fear him in every generation. He has shown the strength of his arm, he has swept away the high and mighty. He has set kings down from their thrones and lifted up the humble. He has satisfied the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away with empty hands. Yes, he has helped Israel, his child: he has remembered the mercy that he promised to our forefathers, to Abraham and his sons for evermore!”

Acts:

9:1-2 – But Saul, still breathing murderous threats against the disciples of the Lord, went to the High Priest and begged him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he should find there any followers of the Way, whether men or women, he could bring them back to Jerusalem as prisoners.

9:3-4 – But on his journey, as he neared Damascus, a light from Heaven suddenly blazed around him, and he fell to the ground. Then he heard a voice speaking to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?”

9:5 – “Who are you, Lord?” he asked.

9:6 – “I am Jesus whom you are persecuting,” was the reply. “But now stand up and go into the city and there you will be told what you must do.”

9:7-9 – His companions on the journey stood there speechless, for they had heard the voice but could see no one. Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing. So they took him by the hand and led him into Damascus. There he remained sightless for three days, and during that time he had nothing either to eat or drink.

Philippians:

2:5-11 – Let Christ himself be your example as to what your attitude should be. For he, who had always been God by nature, did not cling to his prerogatives as God’s equal, but stripped himself of all privilege by consenting to be a slave by nature and being born as mortal man. And, having become man, he humbled himself by living a life of utter obedience, even to the extent of dying, and the death he died was the death of a common criminal. That is why God has now lifted him so high, and has given him the name beyond all names, so that at the name of Jesus “every knee shall bow”, whether in Heaven or earth or under the earth. And that is why, in the end, “every tongue shall confess” that Jesus Christ” is the Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

From an eternal perspective, there is another who will call your name.

I Will Rise

One day you will rise when HE calls your name.  That will be the sweetest sound you have ever heard.