I’m sure we’ve all grown up watching people call each other names, pick on each other , and label each other in immature fashion. And while ignorantly we feel that we are just “poking fun,” you’d be surprised how many people are vigorously tormented in adult-hood by the labels that were given to them as a child.
1. “You’re stupid.”
2. “You’re fat.”
3. “You’re a nerd.”
4. “You’re useless.”
5. “You’re weak.”
For some of you, your parents were the culprits. For others, it was your friends. But regardless of who said it, IT STILL STINGS.
We live in a world that likes to label everything, including our boats. Just recently I saw a boat named “Red Velvet,” and all I could think of were cupcakes, but that’s a different story.
My Point: We are fascinated with labels. Whether you are naming your car, boat, dog, fish, band, church, child or business, the labels we choose are most-likely chosen to get across a message that we wish to convey.
Examples: A dog named “Killer,” or a Church named “New Beginnings.”
In the same sense, the labels we have been given, or are giving people represent much of who we “think” they are. And nine times out of ten, our assumptions are completely wrong. Things like “stupid,” or “fat” are being branded onto people without their consent. Why? because people are treating people as if they are not people.
Our world is so focused on climbing the popularity ladder, we’ve learned to label those around us from day one. It’s what we’ve been taught, and it’s wrong. The sting of a label can create a lifetime of pain.
Application: Since the beginning of time God has known you by name, and you have been labeled “His child.” And until God himself tells you otherwise, labels are nothing but empty words spoken by empty people. Labels Lie.
Galatians 3:26 – For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus.
Don’t let anyone label you anything contrary that what God has deemed you.
- Jarrid Wilson