Weekly Wisdom: “I Don’t Need My Name in Lights”

Weekly Wisdom

Happy Hump Day, my friends!

If you’ve been following my blog, you might know that I’ve attempted (quite sadly) to share weekly nuggets of wisdom from my study of Scripture during the season of Lent. I’m not sure if many of you actually read them, I just know that I was glad to share them. Even if my words encouraged or even just provoked a thought in a single soul, I’m happy.

I thought I would continue to share little nuggets of wisdom on a regular basis in my Weekly Wisdom series. When I started this blog, it was meant to be an outlet for sharing about all of my current passions. Knowing full well that my greatest source of joy and blessings is my faith in God, it would not feel right not to share the blessings with you. I know myself so if I make it too complicated, I’ll feel overwhelmed and give it up in a couple of weeks so I’m making it really simple. I may continue to share my learnings from Scripture like I’ve done in the past but I might also simply share a Bible verse I’ve been meditating on that particular week. I may share a few words of encouragement to get you over the hump. I may even share something that I’ve been mulling over in my mind and ask for your feedback. My hope is that it will make you pause or even just slow down and think, reflect, and hopefully positively change the rhythm of your day or week.

So here’s my nugget for the week…

I was driving back from BSF on Monday with my oldest daughter as we were listening to K-LOVE on the radio when the song, “He Knows My Name” by Francesca Battistelli came on. The chorus goes like this:

I don’t need my name in lights
I’m famous in my Father’s eyes
Make no mistake
He knows my name
I’m not living for applause
I’m already so adored
It’s all His stage
He knows my name oh, oh,
He knows my name oh, oh

I had heard this song many times before but for some reason the words “I don’t need my name in lights, I’m famous in my Father’s eyes,” really struck a chord this time. I think most of us, if not all, have an innate desire to live a life of excellence, to make a difference in this world, and leave a legacy. I think deep down we all want to be extraordinary. What this song made me realize is that we don’t need the praise of men to know that we are extraordinary, all we need is the approval of our Father above. And we know that in our Father’s eyes, we are perfect because we were made perfect thru Christ.

We ought to live by God’s standard of excellence. When we start the day with a prayer, we’re being extraordinary; when we go out of our way to let our spouse or significant other know that he/she is appreciated, we are being extraordinary; when we make sure our children know how much they’re loved every day, we’re being extraordinary; when we offer a stranger a smile or a helping hand, we’re being extraordinary. These have a lasting impact, whether we know it or not. If we live by the standards of this world, we may enjoy fleeting and sometimes disingenuous admiration from people. If we live by God’s standard, we store up treasures in heaven and thru Christ we are sure to share in God’s inheritance in His Kingdom above. We are reminded of this in Romans 8:17, “Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.”

Have a blessed rest of the week!


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14 thoughts on “Weekly Wisdom: “I Don’t Need My Name in Lights”

  1. I wrote about this song awhile back. It’s so true, our society has become so me,me,me, but it’s not about me, it’s about God, and that’s so much better!

  2. I am far from being the child of God I need to be. I am a hard working nice person in general BUT my relationship with him isn’t where it probably should be. The great thing I think about God is that his love is ever lasting, we are always stars in his eyes and even when we fall short we can always start anew again the next day.

    Thanks for sharing!


  3. I love K-Love and always feel so uplifted when listening in the car…I think we all forget at times that He does know us…everything about us and that we need to take a step back and let Him in…all of Him…I fail at this sometimes, but thank you for the sweet reminder. xoxo

  4. Beautifully said Cynthia!! I love those words of the song and it’s a good reminder plus so relevant in this world of blogging where it seems many want and are vying for the limelight but fail to realize it’s a superficial thing and really no meaningful glory to be had in it. I think I’ve told you before but I’ll say it again you are such a talented writer and these posts move me and get me thinking, so thank you.

  5. Love this song. Keep teaching, even if only one person gains wisdom from it, you have impacted that person’s life. And you never know what that one person will go on to do. My Director for the Women’s Lifegroup class I taught always used to tell me this. It’s not the quantity you need to be concerned about. That’s the enemy speaking to you about numbers and worth. Don’t listen! Blessings to you. Stopping by from Grace & Truth Link Up

  6. Hi Cynthia! I think we all can fall into that trap of wanting to be ‘known’. That will give me value, I think to myself. But it’s not true at all. What I need to be is true to what God calls me to be. And that is ‘His own’. And that’s enough.

    I ordered this CD based on someone’s recommendation. I think I’m going to like it!
    From Faith and Fellowship blog hop,

  7. Hi, Cynthia! I’m stopping by from Grace and Truth. I love how you described seemingly ordinary things are truly extraordinary! Thanks for sharing this bit of wisdom and encouragement with us last week!
    Jen 🙂

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