All my life I’ve wanted to be called Michael. But growing up, everyone defaulted to Mike. I guess “Michael” felt to formal for kids on the playground.
After college, I tried once again to be called Michael, and this time it worked. However, I do get those occasions when I introduce myself as Michael, and the person responds, “Nice to meet you Mike.” I must admit I’m annoyed by this.
This prompts me to consider, if I could choose any name to label my religious commitment, what would it be? Would I use “Christian,” or does it have too much baggage? Would I opt for something more generic, say “a person of faith.” Perhaps that doesn’t say enough.
Most of us don’t know that the early Christians were known as followers of “the Way.” I like this designation. It implies movement, purpose, and direction. It also invites our imaginations to explore what “the way” is for each of us. This Sunday we begin the series “Finding Your Way,” exploring how faith helps us find our way forward.