Write Your Name On It

Writing our name on something is a form of ownership that we have practiced since youth yet have neglected the power behind it. My tennis coach once said, “You need to be so confident when you walk on that court you write your name on it. At the end of the day, if the person across the net takes it from you, you go over and shake their hand on a job well done.”

Man, losing sucks. But it sucks a whole lot worse when you know you’re capable of more and didn’t go after it. I would rather deal with the feelings of a well-fought defeat than to know I failed by deceiving myself into thinking I was doing my best. Sadly, I believe many of us live our lives that way. We think others have this perfect hand, talent, or skill, when we are just as capable of writing our name on that court, relationship, job, or whatever it may be for you. As a result, we are left claiming the remaining nameless papers the teacher is holding up at the end of the day.

We shy away from moments under pressure and the responsibility that comes from potentially failing. We miss out on the chance to become something greater… to be deemed a champion. Instead we opt for a timid mediocrity that keeps us comfortable and hope we get a lucky victory.

“So, because you are lukewarm — neither hot nor cold — I am about to spit you out of my mouth.” — Revelation 3:16

By failing to write our name on things and claim them as our own, we fool ourselves into thinking we are not responsible for the results of our endeavors in aim to subconsciously reduce potential tension. It doesn’t work. It is a result of fear and not knowing the calling on our name, a symptom of a misplaced heart. It’s not my name that carries weight, it is the name that died to give me life and meaning. It is through Jesus Christ that I know my name and am given power and victory.

“And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” — John 14:13–14
“Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” — Hebrews 4:16

I had someone say to me the other day after winning something, “Wow, you sure are wearing it well. You’re awfully calm. I would be going crazy if I had just won.” I responded, “Well I kind of expected it. I mean you don’t go into something and expect to lose. If you know you’re going to lose, why even be here?”

Writing our name on things is a way of showing not only ownership but responsibility for everything that comes with it. If that relationship fails, it is not going to be because I didn’t serve or do all I can do. If I lose this match, it is not going to be because I didn’t put in the work prior or play to the best of my ability. If I don’t land this job, it is not going to be because I didn’t position and present myself in the best way possible. When the time comes when we don’t do our best, we pick ourselves up, accept it, and even write our name on our mistakes. We know our name is not defined by success or failure but by the blood of Jesus Christ. We have counted the costs and are willing to bear them. We know that ultimately victory awaits. Go out and write your name on this world. It needs it.

“But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” — 1 Corinthians 15:57