April 16, 2013

Shopping for Labels

I was at a dinner the other night hosted by my church and while I was there listening to a speaker speak on something completely different I had God drop something into my spirit and I thought I would share. I don't want to sound overly religious or creepy but I just believe that someone needs to read this...

There is something about us, that we love to label people. Even ourselves. Some of these labels aren't bad and we actually enjoy them: wife, mother, grandmother, teacher, intellectual, creative, talented, blogger etc.

Other labels we aren't so fond of: single, in debt, lazy, average, addict, overweight. You get the picture. I am sure we all have a combination of labels that we enjoy and others we despise.

I felt like God told me that so many of the things we see as "labels" God sees as:
1)A season
2) Something we can change if we choose
3) Completely untrue

Take the single girl for example. She labels herself as that, but God doesn't see that as part of her identity. He simply sees that as the season she is in. The very season He is grooming her in and teaching her things she needs to know for the next season.

Or maybe you're in debt and you feel the weight of that label. But God doesn't label you as that. He sees this as a season too. That is, if you choose to make it just that, a season.  You can start making responsible finical decisions to get yourself on the other side of this season.

Even if your label goes so far as labeling you as an addict. God knows that, that too is a season. If you choose to break that addiction. And you can break that addiction because if you tap into the power of God the battle has already been won. {:John 16:33:}

Other labels we have are labels that we choose to allow to define us: lazy, overweight, judgmental. If these labels are true the good news is you can do something about it and God wants to help you. Don't try to go at this alone. He wants to be a part of shattering these labels in your life so He ultimately receives the glory. And WHEN you do don't forget to share your story because other girlfriends need to hear it.

Then there are other labels that are absolutely 100% untrue. You are not average. You are not "just" another student, mother, banker. But breaking the labels starts in our mind and thoughts. So get a revelation of what God thinks about you.

We are so eager to accept the label that are placed upon us when the only labels we should be accepting are the ones He gives us:
 Daughter {:2 Corinthians 6:18:}
Heiresses {:Romans 8:17:}
Called with a purpose {:1 Peter 2:21:}
Set Free {:Galatians 5:1:}


6 comments:

  1. Hear!Hear! to seasons and nothing being unchangeable. This was a great post.

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  2. Absolutely adore this post full of truth! I for one definitely needed to hear that today! God is good and I'm so glad you shared what was in your heart.

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  3. I love your outfits and style!! :)

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  4. This is a great post. But I hate how our society is in a "dark, gloomy stuff is cool" phase. People give *themselves* labels such as "mean" and "lazy" and "bitch" - and are PROUD of it!

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  5. Thank You, almost in tears reading this, praying my seasons to change soon and that i start seeing my labels as just that a season thank you

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