Women’s Devotion | September 2018
My Name is Alice
We live in a world where we are identified by our name. When we meet people, we greet each other by shaking hands, introducing ourselves and giving our name. It’s a connection when you see someone you’ve previously met and mention him or her by name. It makes them smile and feel good when you remember their name and can be very embarrassing when you don’t. By now you may be thinking, “What’s the point with the name thing?”
I love being married to my husband, who is a pastor, and doing what God has called us to do. We have been in ministry for 28 years; for the most part it has been good. I’m sure there are some things that we as pastor’s wives can all relate to—we share some common ground in this role.
I have seen pastor’s wives lose who they are when they become the PASTOR’S WIFE. Not lose themselves in every way, but in some ways. You may have put aside what you once loved to do or even put your career on hold to fulfill your new role as the pastor’s wife.
When my husband and I were ready to accept our first pastorate, my First Lady (who had been in ministry for years) came and gave me some mentoring advice and encouragement. I remember this puzzled me when she said, “Your husband will be in the spotlight and you will be the shadow.” At that time I didn’t understand what she meant, but years later I did.
When we would go out or visit people, I would be identified as “the pastor’s wife.” I have no problem with that because I am the pastor’s wife, but please identify me by my name some of the time. I wouldn’t have a problem with Sister Mack or Lady Mack. But it’s like, “That’s Pastor Mack, and oh, by the way that’s his wife.” You may be thinking, “Sister Mack really?” Yes really! It bothered me at times, because my name has meaning and it identifies who I am.
When God called me into the ministry, He called me by my name. I was reading Isaiah 43:1 and I heard His voice call my name. He said, “Alice, I have called you by name, you are mine.” I read the entire chapter and began to weep because I didn’t feel worthy to preach His word.
Tasha Cobbs sings a song entitled, “You Know My Name.” It’s a beautiful song about how God knows all of our names, how He walks with us, comforts us and tells us that we are His own.
Revelation 3:5 ESV says, “The one who conquers will be clothed thus in white garments, and I will never blot his name out of the book of life, I will confess his name before my Father and before His angels.”
Psalm 147:4 tells us God determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name.
We all know what he told Mary, “Thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son and shalt call his name Jesus…” Luke 1:31 KJV “… for he shall save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21 KJV. No other name is GREATER or more POWERFUL than the name Jesus!
Names identify, have value and meaning. Many times when I go to a store or an establishment, I look for the employee’s nametag. I will begin a conversation with that individual and during the course of conversation I will mention their name. Their whole demeanor changes and they begin to smile because I called them by their name. I have identified who they are and it is meaningful to them.
I pray and trust that this has blessed someone who feels like you are not special because you are not recognized or accepted more than someone else. God loves you and he knows where you are and who you are and HE KNOWS YOUR NAME even if no one else does!
Yes, I am the pastor’s wife, but MY NAME IS ALICE.
First Lady Alice Mack is a licensed, ordained minister in the Church of God. She is married to Bishop Terry Mack, Sr. They have been in ministry for 28 years and are proud parents of two sons and grandparents of five. She has ministered in several women’s conferences and churches in South Georgia. She is known for her exuberant praise and worship as well as a keen sense of humor. She enjoys letting her hair down, especially with women of low self esteem, telling them that she had once been in that same place, but God turned her life around and filled her with JOY!