Chapter-a-Day Deuteronomy 26

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And today God has reaffirmed that you are dearly held treasure….” Deuteronomy 26:18a (MSG)

When I teach customer service skills to my clients, one of the skills I talk about is the importance of using the customer’s name in your conversation. Names imply relationship, and you want your customers to feel that they are more than just another “customer,” “account,” or “call” you have to deal with that day. They are a person who is known. You communicate that by calling them by name.

The truth of the matter is that as a relationship grows and becomes more intimate we not only use each other’s names but nicknames and pet names emerge that speak to an even deeper level of knowing and being known. The opposite is also true. As a relationship breaks down, people stop using one another’s names and refer to each other with simple pronouns like “they.” Then, derogatory nicknames emerge that communicate our negative perceptions of the person.

In today’s chapter, God tells Israel that they are “dearly held treasure” and it immediately reminded me of my own dearly held treasure: my wife, and my daughters. In fact, “treasure” is a special word between Wendy and me; It has incredible depth of meaning in our relationship. What makes it special I will leave between the two of us, but suffice it to say that when I read that God affirms that His children are “dearly held treasure” I feel something very deeply because of the connotations that “treasure” make with the most intimate human relationship I’ve ever experienced.

Today, I am thankful for dearly held treasure. I am thankful that I can treasure my wife, my children, my family and my friends. I am grateful that God treasures me.

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3 thoughts on “Chapter-a-Day Deuteronomy 26”

  1. Celebrate all the good things that God, your God, has given you and your family;

    It’s easy to get caught up in my weaknesses. I have many, but one that reveals it’s ugly head from time to time is my inability to have self control with food. I am at one of those points again. I have balooned to a weight that I don’t like and don’t feel good about. So, as I mope this morning (yes, I just went and worked out…that’s positive), this verse struck me. In spite of my failures, God loves me and continues to provide for me. So, I tackle today with new vigor, trying to be careful what I feed my body and thankful for the gifts that God has given me.

  2. Thanks for the comment, Eva. I’m not sure that it’s necessarily a “male” or “female” thing. I think some people just don’t think about how they address their spouse with others. If I’m talking with people who don’t know my wife, I won’t use her name because they won’t know who I’m talking about so I might use “my wife.” When I’m introducing her to others, however, or if we’re in company of people who know her I will always use her name first, then explain the relationship (e.g. “This is Wendy, my wife”) because her name is who she is and being my “wife” is simply her relationship to me. I would bet that your husband hasn’t really thought about it. It might be a good conversation. He has no motivation to change if he doesn’t know it bothers you! All the best to you.

  3. I agree with the fact that when you use a person’s name, it implies relationship. I have a question for you. When I refer to my husband in conversations with other people, I use his first name; I don’t just call him,”my husband”. When He talks about me to others, he refers to me as “my wife”. That has always bothered me and I wonder if it’s something men do. I hope you can shed some light here..if not, this post is wonderful!!

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