This post is about Healthy Lifestyles Tips – Change of Name is Critical. Have you ever wondered why some people remain perpetually poor or sick? For some people a name means everything to them and their lifestyle is determined by what people perceive them to be.
NAMES IN SOME AFRICAN TRIBES
Some African tribes, in particular, the Ngoni ethnic groups have some funny names simply because they want to give newly born babies based on the circumstances prevailing at the time of birth. If there have been a number of deaths in the village and a baby is born, that child may be given the name of MISOZI meaning tears. If the baby is born at the time of famine or hunger, the name might be NJALA meaning hunger. Others may be born at the time of harvest and may be named MADALITSO meaning blessing. Whichever name is given out, it might have an effect on the bearer of such a name either positively or negatively.
RICH KIDS (RK)
One day my daughter was about to return to her boarding school when she declared that my wife and I needed to increase her groceries by doubling what we had always given her. When my wife and I surprisingly asked her why she demanded that, she simply and proudly told us that she had found herself on the list of Rich Kids at the school and as such it was natural for an RK not to run short of any school requisite or grocery.
BENJAMIN’S BIRTH AND RACHEL’S DEATH
In Genesis chapter 35 verses 16 to 20, we witness a dramatic incident where a name is given, but it is changed immediately. Before Rachel died she named her son Ben-oni meaning son of my sorrow or pain. Soon after that, Jacob changed the name to Benjamin meaning son of my right-hand. Jacob here can teach us many things. One thing is very clear. In whatever circumstance you face, do not be a pessimist. Let positivism be your portion. Why do I say so?
BENJAMIN PROVED HIMSELF AS A SON OF JACOB’S RIGHT HAND
Benjamin was a son of Jacob’s old age and he loved him greatly, especially after Joseph had been sold as a slave into Egypt. Jacob was unwilling to let him go with his brothers to go to Egypt to buy food for the whole starving family. The second time that Jacob’s sons were to go back to buy food in Egypt, Jacob was still not willing to release Benjamin to travel into Egypt. Later on Judah as the spokesperson of the brothers said this regarding Benjamin: “The boy cannot leave his father, for if he should leave his father, his father would die.” (Genesis 44 verse 22)
JUDAH WILLING TO BE IMPRISONED ON BEHALF OF BENJAMIN
Judah had assured Jacob to guard Benjamin with his own life as brothers left for Egypt. Because of such assurance, Jacob released Benjamin to follow his brother in order to secure food for the family since the whole world was experiencing famine except Egypt because of Joseph’s revealed plan from God to save people from starvation. When Joseph told the brothers that they should leave Benjamin with him in Egypt, Judah once more said, “Now therefore, please let your servant remain instead of the boy as a servant to my lord, and let the boy go back with his brothers. For how can I go back to my father if the boy is not with me? I fear to see the evil that would find my father.” (Genesis 44 verses 33 and 34).
HUMBLE PROPHET MOSES BLESSED BENJAMIN
The humble prophet, Moses, blessed Benjamin’s descendants as outlined in Deuteronomy 33 verse 12, “The beloved of the Lord dwells in safety. The High God surrounds him all day long, and dwells between his shoulders.”
This was one of the special blessings showered upon Benjamin’s descendants not forgetting the one he received from his father, Jacob, before his death. It went as follows: “Benjamin is a ravenous wolf, in the morning devouring his prey, and at evening dividing the spoils.”
This meant that Benjamin’s future would involve strength and success.
IT IS HIGH TIME YOUR NAME CHANGED
It is high time you changed your name if it does not imply blessings. Why should you live a cursed life when you, yourself can change things for better? Jacob did not want to be reminded of the sad event of grieving for his wife when his son was supposed to be by his side comforting him. Therefore, Benjamin lived a lifestyle that pleased his father and brought joy to him. Do not be like the Ngoni ethnic group which remembers sad events through naming babies. Even those babies lead such lifestyles as imposed upon them by their parents. You should replace a sad name with a joyful name that shall attract blessings instead of cursing.
IT IS HIGH TIME YOUR TITLE CHANGED
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