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Label Me

“It ain’t what they call you, it’s what you answer to.” ~ W. C. Fields

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I have been labeled often in my life.

Some labels have been accurate.

quiet, introvert, college drop-out….

Some not so much.

fraud, snob, liar, hypocrite….

Some were harsh and hateful and meant to destroy my self-worth.

fat, ugly, tramp, two-faced, prude….

Some meant to define who I was in the world.

mother, daughter, wife, writer, bee keeper, Christian….

Just as my life is fluid and evolving, so are my labels and new ones are created every day. Each and every time I encounter someone, a new label is created whether good or bad.

When I look back on my life and all the labels that have been assigned to me, I am ashamed that I have answered to the worst of them. I clung to them as if they were truth; the ones that were slung like mud to mar my reputation or out of misunderstanding of who I really was, the ones fed by gossip and rumor. And I allowed that mud to dry and mold my own mirrored view. Labels are nothing short of judgement, nothing more than an inaccurate view of what someone else perceives me to be because they do not like who I am, and often because someone else held me to a higher standard of perfection than they held themselves.

IMG_2378There was a time when I cared what other people thought about me – so much so, it drove me to try and please people just so I would be liked and accepted. I allowed it to create a gorge of doubt between myself and God and I allowed that space to fill with fear and unworthiness and humiliation.  It was the single most crippling, most self destructive thing I have ever allowed control over my life. When I really took the time to evaluate those labels, I realized something important: they were birthed from insecure minds spinning a worldly view of who they wanted to believe I was and had not one stinking bit of value.

I could have stayed there. I could have wallowed there in that mud hole coating myself over and over until I was conformed to the mold those labels were creating.  I could have allowed those labels to become truth. But I am not called to conform to what other people think. I am called to be holy because God predestined me, chose me and set me apart from this world and what it wants me to become. I am a citizen of Heaven with a passport to visit Earth. I have a visa to work here as an ambassador until He tells me my work is done, whatever that work may be. And He is the only one who can revoke either one.

In order to do my work well, I first must identify who I really am. So like any good Jesus loving girl, I grabbed my Bible and started reading about who I really am. What I found is I do have labels and every perfect one of them has eternal value.

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Forgiven. Sanctified. Justified.

Label me washed by His blood, healed by His wounds; label me redeemed and label me set free.

Label me established and label me anointed. Label me sealed by His very own hand.

Label me chosen. Label me loved. Label me adopted. Label me His workmanship.

Label me covered and label me sheltered. Label me secure and protected and kept.

Label me a child of God and a joint heir with Christ. Label me the elect of God, holy and beloved.

Label me a soldier who can quench fiery darts and a victor who can tread satan underfoot.

Label me a witness and a city set upon a hill and a candle that shines a bright light. And God, please let it be so, label me the salt of the earth.

Label me a temple of the Living God and a vessel for honor and a precious jewel that sits in the hand of God that no one can pluck away.

You can label me a sinner, but you also must label me a saint.

I have been given the power of authority over the enemy of this world and that means I never need to submit to any label the world gives me, but can rest in the truth and the beauty of everything God says I am.

And when I am tempted to forget whose labels really matter, I remember what The Lord said to Samuel,

“Do not look at his appearance or his stature, because I have rejected him. Man does not see what the Lord sees, for man sees what is visible, but the Lord sees the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7 hcsb

Then I get busy studying my own heart and work towards making it pure and overflowing with love for my Savior so that I might be worthy to serve Him and do the work He has given me to do.IMG_0002

Scripture references: Ephesians 1:1, Jeremiah 1:15, I Peter 2:11, 2 Corinthians 5:20, Colossians 2:13, I John 1:9, I Corinthians 6:11, Romans 3:24, Revelations 1:15, Isaiah 53:6, Revelations 5:9, Romans 8:1-2, Colossians 1:13, Ephesians 2, II Corinthians 1:21-22, John 15:16, Ephesians 1:4, I Peter 1:5, I John 3:3, Romans 8:15, Ephesians 2:10, Revelations 12:11, I Peter 1:19, Psalm 91:4, John 10:28-29, I John 5:18, Jude 1:24, I Peter 1:15, John 1:12, Romans 8:17, Romans 1:7, II Thessalonians 2:13, II Timothy 2:3, I John 5:4, Acts 1:18, Matthew 5:13-15, I Corinthians 3:16 and 6:16, II Timothy 2:21, Malachi 3:17, Romans 3:23, Ephesians 1:1, Luke 10:19

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5 Responses to “Label Me”

  1. Ann says:

    A wonderful reminder of who we are in Christ. We can so easily listen to the world and forget that we belong to Christ. I am so thankful that we have the assurance of eternity with our Saviour.

  2. You have NO idea how God used you with this post

  3. UGH! Computer issues! I was not finished with my comment – LOL

    I have been asking God to show me scriptures and anything else He could show me, since this past Sunday, to remind me who I am in Him and your post is just another one of the things He used to do just that! Thank you for being obedient and sharing your heart.

    • Elizabeth says:

      Kathryn, always remember that in Christ we are set apart.

      “If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you.If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you.… “John 15:18-19

      I am thrilled God is speaking and confirming things to you and happy He used some of my words to do so. Just keep seeking Jesus!

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