It seems that no matter how old I get, I still find myself in situations that force me to give a personal introduction and share a “fun fact about myself.” I hate these questions. I can’t play the piano with my toes, I’ve never swam with sharks and my brother never dated Britney Spears in high school. Other than the fact that I can say the alphabet backwards, I have no secret talents.
In a recent introductory situation, I was desperately trying to think of something creative that would set me apart, so I simply said, “I have never read the Harry Potter series.”
People looked at me like I was a crazy person. They were downright offended that I had not stood in line at the bookstore in the freezing cold, waiting on the newest release so I could find out what happened to Harry & the wizard gang.
I felt a bit like an outcast, but I am okay with that. At this point, I refuse to give into peer pressure! A few weeks later, I was with my small group of 8th grade girls who are avid Harry Potter fans. They too, were baffled at my lack of knowledge until another girl chimed in during a conversation about Voldemort and said, “Voldemort…isn’t that the cute guy from American Idol?”
If you are familiar with the series, you can imagine the roar of laughter in the living room. The girls could not fathom how she could not know who Voldemort was, what he did or the reputation he has across the globe for his infamous role in Harry’s story. It amazed me how familiar the girls were with his name. The moment his name was spoken, there was an instant recognition of who he was, what he did and why he was important.
This got me thinking about another name—the name above every name—Jesus.
Don’t we want to our girls to invest in their faith the way they invest in stories, series and fan clubs? Don’t we want teenage girls to be so familiar with Jesus, that they recognize His name above all other names? Don’t we want girls to know His story so well, that they are astonished when others aren’t familiar with His miracles, His death & His resurrection?
I often feel that we spend so much time talking to girls about issues of morality, and not enough time talking about our Savior who died for our sins. As you spend time with your girls this summer, I encourage you to lift up the name of Jesus. Let’s never let another devotional or small group meeting pass us by without speaking the name of Jesus, what He has done for us, what He has promised to us who believe, and the power of His holy, precious name.
“Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.”