“I don’t need my name in lights, I’m famous in my Father’s eyes, make no mistake, He knows my name.” These are lyrics from the song “He Knows My Name” by Francesca Battistelli. I heard this song playing in the house the other day and I think a lot of us have wanted to be famous and for the whole world to know who we are at some point in our lives. Whether it’s famous for being a movie star, finding a cure for cancer, or being Pope, we all secretly want to leave our mark on this world somehow. But most of us have a group of people or at least one person in our lives that knows our name. What if no one knew your name? What if you haven’t been called by name in days or even months? Sadly, this is the case for a lot of our friends on the street. Thousands of people walk by friends on the street without even acknowledging them. The reality is that not everyone can know everyone’s name. But God does. And He calls us each by name, including and especially the people who don’t hear their name by other humans. Earthly fame shouldn’t matter, but we should do the best we can to remind each other that our Father does know each of our names.

Hannah Benes is a first-year missionary from Lincoln, NE. She enjoys cats, tacos, and laughter (in no particular order).