Labels


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We are not defined by the labels other people place upon us, nor are we defined by the ones we place upon ourselves.

Labels are only as good as the glue they are applied with and are not meant to stick with you forever. But you can continue to add glue to the labels if you choose to continue to look at them and say yep, that’s me.

Here are the labels I want to look at:

Child of God

Forgiven

Work in progress

Worthy

Loved

Good enough

I would so rather look to those than the ones I used to look at that kept me from God, his grace and forgiveness and feeling condemned like:

Unworthy

Unforgivable

Porn addict

Alcoholic

No good

Undeserving

Failure

And this list could go on and on, if I really wanted to, but I don’t.

I have some amazing people in my life now that truly love me and only want the best for me, which is the same that God wants.

I am so thankful for God bringing them into my life.

Friends, we need to peel off the bad labels because the longer we wear them, the less they describe our past and the more they determine our future.

We need to put on the good labels and wear them proudly.

 

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8 thoughts on “Labels”

  1. In Special Education we wrestled with labels all the time. In college, we were advised to read students’ files before we met the student. I quickly ignored that. It was so much better getting to know a new student and forming my own conclusions. I did eventually read the files, of course (mandatory), but I brought to them my own observations and perspectives.
    Still kinda like that with people. We hear about people before we meet them. Best to form our own opinions, go to the source.
    Kinda like that with looking at ourselves. We can look in the mirror and know ourselves better than what we leak to others. But, the mirror of other people in our lives, those we know and trust, is invaluable. Pr 12.15 “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to counsel.” That counsel includes others’ opinions of us. We would be fools to only be attuned to our own opinions of ourselves. The wise listen to wise counsel.
    Ech – Reply Too Long label!!!

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