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Another reason for the change is that I feel this name fits me better. I still like the idea of contentment, but I wanted more than that. For the most part, I think I have mastered contentment. Partly because it is a natural part of my personality, but also because it is something God has been working in my life with. Contentment is so incredibly important, but I am also reminded that we should never be content in our spiritual walk. We should always be striving to be better. Fighting to win the race that God has placed before us.
One of my dreams is to one day run a marathon. I've always been fascinated by the discipline that runners wield over their lives. Everything has to work together for the race to be ran successfully. The runner has to exercise control over almost all aspects of their life - diet, physical activity, sleep, mental status, etc. - to win the race. The same is true for us in our spiritual walk: we need to put away the things that might slow us down in the race.
So you may be wondering what laurel crowned has to do with all this race running. Laurel crowns are circular wreaths made from interlocking branches and leaves of the Bay Laurel plant. You may be most familiar with laurel crowns from the Olympics, where the winners are crowned with a laurel wreath. This started in ancient Greece and Rome where laurel wreaths symbolized victory and were used to crown a successful commander during his triumph. I want to run the race to win an incorruptible laurel crown.
Perhaps another reason that I've always been partial to laurel crowns is because that is what my name means. Lorraine originated in Latin and means "laurel crowned." This has always been special to me, because it reminds me that I am more than victorious through Christ who strengthens me.