On Saturday, September 26, at 8:12 p.m., my second son, Weston Valor, was born. Talk about joy unspeakable!!

Many have asked why we chose the name Weston Valor, so I thought I’d share. Aside from the fact that Dona and I just really liked the name, we chose Weston for what it expresses. Quite literally, it means Western or “the West,” which, in and of itself, holds little significance to us, but, historically, the West has always symbolized new things….. new lands, new ideas, new opportunities….. waiting to be explored, revealed, and achieved. When I think of the West, I think of Christopher Columbus who sailed the ocean blue to seek out a land unknown. I think of King David who spoke often of having a “new song.” I think of every great inventor who, at some point in time before their noteworthy invention, chose to be daring and adventurous.

And, of course, Valor….. this name was inspired by one of my favorite Bible characters: Gideon. Gideon was referred to by God as a “mighty man of valor.” In spite of being the youngest in his family, God had purposed in Gideon to achieve more than just the ordinary. He was infused with incredible potential and an unusual capacity to lead, which Gideon did not take lightly. Gideon overcame spectacular odds and performed unbelievable feats because of his courage and willingness to trust in the Lord.

That’s basically it in a nutshell….. Weston Valor was named on purpose. His untold future is still yet before him, but my prayer is that his inquisitive nature will drive him toward uncharted territories, his capacity for being uncomfortable will motivate him to go against the current, if necessary, and his life’s challenges will enable him to face the unexpected with confidence and courage.

Did I mention that I just like the name, too?