What’s in a Name?

Or in this case…What’s in a Twitter handle? Not long ago, someone asked me why I decided to use mike522 instead of mikegold for my Twitter username/handle. It’s not a very clear username, especially if you want to promote a personal brand. When I was asked about it, I thought about changing the name. But after giving it some thought I am glad I did not make the switch. The 522 part of my Twitter username comes from Galations 5:22.

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

Ok, so the passage includes Galations 5:22 and 23. Actually, the entire Galations 5 chapter has become a life chapter for me. Of course, I have not even come close to attaining it, but in a world where self promotion is the norm, I, for one, consistently need reminders from it. Reminders to…

  • serve one another in love. Gal.  5:13
  • Love my neighbor as myself. Gal. 5:14
  • keep in step with the spirit of our most high God. Gal. 5:25
  • not become conceited, provoking and envying others. Gal 5:26

There are many more reminders in this chapter for me, but you get the idea. I’ll let you read the rest of the chapter for yourself. The point is, every time I post something to Twitter, I  need to and I want to be reminded that life simply is not about me. My Twitter handle gives me that constant reminder. So…some who read this might think it is cheesy or cliche. Others who have greater character and spiritual maturity don’t need to do goofy things like this to help them keep their priorities straight. With all due respect, I really don’t care. I do…and if I were to ever have some sort of personal “brand” may it be tied to Christ, and may my every post be seasoned with Galatians 5:22-23.

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