Do you call yourself certain names? When you talk about yourself do you give yourself a label? The life of the party, the introvert. The designer, the dreamer, the logical thinker. The wild one, the quiet one. The never good enough, the not wanted one. The pretty one, the wrong one? Well I am a seeker, a striver, a fighter, a doer. Any of you with me? Can you "label" yourself one of these things? I have seen that my fighting and my doing has gotten me to point A to point B, and the striving has led me to achieve when others wouldn't even try, and it has helped me come back when some would quit. Yep, those are good labels. But...I am also a competitor in all the wrong ways, I have a fear of missing out so I can't just Be in one place, and I rush and rush till I am weary and worn down. I have labels. And God has decided to rip the labels off of me.
What I am learning now, is that if I don't stop striving to be something I'm not, I'm never going to find out who I really am. I don't need to be able to do it all, and be it all and be every where. It is ok to say no when I need to say no and to remember that God has placed lines around my life, and they fall on beautiful places. (Psalm 16) I can trust the lines He has drawn on my life because He drew them with purpose and a destiny. I don't need to be able to do everything for everyone, because then I am not being anything to anyone. If I am allowing myself to be pulled every which way till I am pulled apart, then no one will get the best of me. And God wants the best, the fullest, the most vibrant you. If you live your life trying to be someone else, then the people who need you wont have anyone at all.
This has been my undoing. God has taken the labels I have gathered throughout my life and He has held them up in front of Him and me for us to look at and examine together. And He simply says, "This is not you. I gave you this gift, to get you here to meet him and marry him and to have these children. I allowed this door to open to help her find me and to use you to get her to my feet. But this is not you." Because labels lie and only Love defines a soul.
So those pieces of you... let them fall till you see yourself in the mirror and you see what He sees, and you value what He envisioned for you, and you breathe in the beauty with which He made you. Because if you want to talk about labels...we only really have one....Redeemed.
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