When we think of business cards, we tend to imagine convenient little cards that serve as informative tools between business acquaintances.
Besides linking business people, name cards in Japan serve to create valuable networks between mothers, pet owners and the elderly.
Name cards have evolved to include photos and decorative illustrations that can be assembled and downloaded from the Internet to help create original cards to suit any need.
In recent years, parents of kindergartners and elementary school students exchange such cards at entrance- and graduation ceremonies. The school yards and assembly rooms have become a place for polite introductory bowing and for exchanging name cards, as parents take the first step in networking with students and their families.
Even in retirement communities and parks, where pet owners walk their dogs, name cards are exchanged in the quest for relationships.
Source: The Japan News
Many in Japan exchange business- and name cards to communicate information regarding their identity — in a hope to belong and be accepted.
What would we as Christians put on our name cards to communicate our identity in Christ — to whom we belong?
But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy. I Peter 2:9, 10
May our lives be a visual name card of our Heavenly Father and show forth His love and grace!