The world we grow up in teaches us to label one another. “She’s smart, he’s dumb.” They’re rich or they’re poor.” And we could get caught up in the comparison game forever if we are not careful. In fact, we spend the first 12 years of our life getting ready to go to school so we can learn and earn a degree that labels us as a High School Graduate, which is supposed to better prepare us to contribute, live and survive in this world, but often just causes us to live in a fantasy game of pretend and comparison.
We get used to this “labeling game” and determine that our worth comes either from what we do or more titles attached to our name, so we head off to work or for more school to earn as many more labels as we can, with the hopes that one of them sticks and makes us a success. We do all of this, only to get to the end of our life and realize that very few titles really matter and usually the titles that do matter are not ones that we earned, but the ones that we accidentally tripped into and learned to embrace.
I have had more titles than I know what to do with and I have earned several degrees, but no one calls me “Master”. I am quiet sure I have been labeled good and bad, depending on who is doing the labeling, but none of the labels, degrees or titles really define who and what I really am. In fact, most all of them limit me from the creative, expansive and majestic life I was created for.
“Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” -Philippians 3:13-14
You are not what you are named, labeled or titled. You are you. You may in some way fit into this or that category, but categories are limiting and you are a limitless creation of the Most High God. I want to challenge you to forget about the labels and focus on the life. Let go of the title and instead seek to live the testimony. God has amazing things for you, because you are so much more than anyone can dream or imagine. Enjoy the amazing gift of this incredible life by letting go and just being… 👣