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ELOHIM (2 OF 14)

by Ernest Easley


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Elohim (2 of 14)
Series: What a Wonderful Name
Ernest L. Easley
Genesis 1:1


As you're turning to Genesis 1, I want to ask you a personal question: Do you like your name? When you introduce yourself to someone and hear your name coming from your lips, do you feel good about it?

When I was a young boy, I didn't like my name even though I was named after my Father: Ernest Easley, and I like him! In fact, I loved him, just not our name! I remember once asking him where our name came from. He said, ''Son, I was the fifth and last child of my parents. By the time they got to me, they had run out of names so they were reading the paper one night and came across the name Ernest, and said, ''let's name him Ernest. So, that's how I got my name.''

Well, I didn't like it. In fact, when somebody would ask me my name, rather than saying Ernest, I will tell them Bob!

What you don't know is that I had an extremely bad speech impediment until I was about eight years old. I couldn't pronounce the letters S or R, nor could I pronounce the gh and ph and th sounds. In fact, when I was six years old, I attended Kindergarten in the mornings and Southern Methodist University (SMU) in the afternoon where I met with a speech therapist several times a week for over one year!

You see, when your name is ERRneSSSt EaSSSSley, that's a problem if you cannot pronounce R's or S's. But I could pronounce Bob!!

I can still remember being in the first grade, walking out of a speech therapist session in my elementary school, pronouncing my name correctly for the first time; I was seven years old!!

There are a lot of reasons why people don't like their names! I suppose that's why an average of 50,000 people in America change their name every year!

• Some people change their name because of divorce.

• Other people change their name because of marriage.

• Some people change their name because of separation.

• But the overwhelming majority of people who ch ...

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