What’s in A Name?

The Family Buie

O Seek Heavenly Things *

Learning and searching one’s genealogy can be fun as well as extremely time consuming. It takes a lot of reading, researching, and even some writing to fully gain the understanding of the history of one’s family name. My own family name, “Buie”, has it’s deep roots in the country of Scotland on an island called, Jura. According to many records from various sources on genealogy, those in my family’s history called, Buie, made an impact on the world in which they lived. Like so many other family’s, they were believers in Christ, they fought for truths and values they believed in, and they held jobs from doctors, chaplains, fisherman, soldiers, farmers, and many other types of careers. The family motto of the Buies (when they lived in clans of Scotland) sums up all that really matters in this world. You can find those words in the phrase listed below the photo of my family’s crest; “O seek heavenly things.” What a great name that has eternal, spiritual meaning. I am proud to be from the family of Buie.

The Bible tells us, in Proverbs 22:1, that a “good name is rather to be chosen than great riches and loving favor than silver or gold.” I am reminded of God’s words and the importance He places on our actions, character, our words, and how we treat others. When I get distracted by all this world offers us, I often can moan of my lack of financial success or my lack of prestige. This type of thought takes me far away from what God says truly matters. Then, I end up more stressed than I need to be. Living my life encompassing all that my family name means gives me a purpose for my daily life.

Having God as a spiritual father means my family name (spiritually speaking) has strength, power, hope, grace and love for myself and for others. It is a wonderful thing to be part of God’s family. Being a child of God puts me into a larger group of believers who, like the book of Hebrews 12:1 says, is a “great cloud of witnesses.” These heroes of faith serve as encouragers for our own race of life on this earth. These believers are our family that one day we will see again, if we believe in Christ’s death and resurrection. What a blessing to have a name that includes a loving, encouraging family. It’s great to know and to feel that I am loved by such a wonderful family. Also, this spiritual family gives me tremendous purpose for living as well.

What about you, friend? What is in your family’s name? Are you living like a child of God? If so then, praise God. If not, why not? What kind of legacy does your family’s name have for you? What purpose does your family’s name provide for your life?

*(P.S. The Buie family crest/motto was painted and created by my brother David Buie. It was a gift to my parents many years ago. This hangs in my parents home today.)

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