Thoughts from Unglued- Labels

Oh man, I am LOVING our women’s Bible study on the book Unglued.  I seriously had an epiphany brought on by one of the chapters this week.

Lysa talks about labels.  We label ourselves.  Most of these labels are not pretty. 

Some of the labels I have given myself (here comes the honesty!)

I am messy.
I am disorganized.
I am bossy.
I am too loud.
I am self-centered.
I am a fat girl.
I am selfish.
I am a people pleaser.

However, these are self-assigned labels.  They are not truth.  I may have a messy bedroom, but I am a child of God with a messy bedroom.  This does not mean I am a messy person.  I can change my actions and change my label.

I have to give myself grace (because thank goodness God already has!) to change.  Labels can become straight jackets that hold us tight.  We become prisoners of the labels.  But labels only stick if we let them!  We can choose to change our actions and change our labels!

I am so thankful that God only labels us as His children.  That’s all he sees us as. So we have to let ourselves out of these destructive labels.  These bad labels become predictors for our behavior.  Because I think I’m selfish, I act selfishly.  Why would I act any differently?  I am selfish.  Right?  So if I choose to think of myself as giving, I will act accordingly. 

Because, after all, God already knows the kind of person He needs me to be.  If I not only look for the places where I am unhappy with the label, but pray and seek Him for the labels I need to change….He will totally mold me into the person He needs me to be.

He started a good work in me, and if I let Him, He will be faithful to complete it in me.

So, those labels?

I am creative.
I am a free spirit.
I am a leader.
I am joyful.
I am a good listener.
I am helpful.
I am heathly.
I am giving.
I love people.
I am a child of God.

Throw away your labels!  Let God mold you to become the person He wants to you to  be (and the person you will likely like a whole lot more!) 🙂



Comments

  1. i really, really needed this today. Thanks for being honest and sharing with us!

  2. Love this!

  3. So thankful! We are all making imperfect progress together!

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