What is in a name?

November 7, 2012

She was proud of the name she carried and tried to her best to add to the legacy of that name.  Most of us heard the tragic  news of the sinking of the HMS Bounty this past week. What you may not know is that the crewmember whose body was recovered was Claudene Christian.  Does her name ring a bell?  It should, her great-great-great-great-great-grandfather was Fletcher Christian and he was the chief mate who led the Mutiny on the Bounty in 1789.  Now think about predicting that Buzz Aldrin’s great-great-great-great-great-grandchild would die in an accident involving a working replica of Apollo 11. Mind boggling isn’t it?
42 year old Christian, joined the Bounty in May and spoke on several occasions about the pride she felt following in the footsteps of her mutineer ancestor.
As “Christians”, we follow in another’s steps and the name we carry isn’t that of a mutineer but instead it is the name of the Saviour of the world.  And while most of the world didn’t know about Claudene’s heritage until her death, we proclaim our heritage through our lives.    I hope that we will be as proud and as conscious of the name Jesus Christ as Claudene Christian was of the name Fletcher Christian.   
 Have a great week and remember: To see what is really possible, you will have to attempt the impossible.