The Balentine Family Crest
The meaning and story behind our new family crest.
Adam Boyd Balentine drew the family crest in early 2021. Amy Lynn Balentine added the hydrangeas in the place of the laurel wreath as they are a meaningful and constant visual for the family.
· A symbol of our faith in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Savior of the World, the only hope for humanity and in whom we entrust our whole lives
· “Serve First” is a phrase Adam created in organization leadership that been adopted broadly by many. The Balentine Family believes in servant leadership and strives to follow the example of the ultimate model of Servant Leadership: Jesus Christ.
· Other meaningful “S” words for our family:
The Seven Dots
· Seven has strong meaning in Christendom, including God’s model for work and rest in the beginning of the Creation story in Genesis. It also has Biblical significance in sacred examples of forgiveness, fulfillment of promises and completion.
· Simon Adam Balentine lived outside of the womb for seven days (and 22 minutes) from May 14 to May 21, 2014.
· While Adam and Amy Balentine had other children and pregnancies, they had five children who lived outside the womb, completing their family at seven.
The Sword (double-image of The Cross)
· Swords encourage a pursuit of justice during a life of honor and virtue.
· The sword symbolizes the word of God, and also the defense of the Christian faith.
· The tip of the sword becomes a “B” representing “Balentine” and also implies our family is called to lead often in areas of difficulty or danger which requires courage.
· Hydrangeas represent gratitude, grace and beauty.
· Blue Hydrangeas have deeply meaningful symbolism in the life and death of Simon Adam Balentine
· White Hydrangeas are proud but understated, stately but approachable, and hardy but elegant.
· The Hydrangeas follow a common laurel wreath pattern, which is a symbol of victory
· “You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word.” Psalms 119:114
· “…you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high.” Psalms 3:3
· The Shield of Faith is a meaningful image brought by Apostle Paul in Ephesians 6 when he describes “The Armor of God.”
· Navy blue represents peace, stability and trust.
· White symbolizes purity that can only come from Christ’s redemption on the Cross
· French blue symbolizes Simon Adam Balentine