Wouldn't it be something if we could just lose labels? Instead of being "this" or "that" (fill in the blank because there are A LOT of them), we could just Be. Period. We live in a world of labels. We label each other. We label ourselves. We often connect our identity to external labels and external circumstances. Sometimes those labels are needed and useful. But, more often than not, societal labels are harmful. They are used to describe race, sexuality, political views, geographic origin, religion, socioeconomic status, fashion, ability, and more.
Labels can divide. Labels can exclude. Labels can polarize.
Yes, it is a simple-minded approach to a complex worldly problem. But how freeing. I truly do not want to be defined by such labels. I do not fit perfectly into the box that these labels imply. My kids do not fit labels. And I suspect, neither do you.
But who am I? How do I define myself without labels?
I imagine what it will be like when I am called to my eternal home, standing at the gates of heaven.
"Hello, I'm Melissa"
"I know" the Lord replies.
PAUSE. What WILL He say?
Will my identify be wrapped up in the things I do, external circumstances or societal labels?
You are a caucasian woman.
You are married.
You are middle-aged.
You are a stay-at-home-mom.
You are able-bodied.
You are strong-willed.
Yes, all these things are true. But I expect, to my creator, I am known in a much more intimate and detailed way. He knows my soul.
Perhaps it will sound more like, "You are..."
Love. Compassion. Respect. Empathy. Optimism.
You look for the best in everyone and in all circumstances.
You strive to protect and nurture your kids, to raise them the best you can.
You care deeply about your friends and family. But you also care about the stranger that just received a Down syndrome diagnosis, or the family who is in the hospital watching their loved one battle cancer.
You love writing, reading and creating. You try hard to put your interests and abilities to work for the greater good. Sometimes you succeed.
You enjoy traveling but it makes you anxious. (why do you worry?).
You strive to learn new things and meet new people, but you are uncomfortable networking in large groups. (why do you fear?).
You are passionate. You put your heart into the things you do.
You love lipstick and tattoos. And, putting on your running shoes always lifts your mood.
You love to laugh.
You work hard and you are determined.
You are a reflection of Jesus.
And, you are exactly as I made you.
I pray that I live out my life so that these are the words I can hear. Although I am fully aware that His view of me goes far beyond what my human mind can fathom.
In heaven we will see each other, and ourselves, how our Lord sees us. As our whole beings. We will not need labels. If only our eyes could be opened today. We are taught to bring heaven to earth in the same way that Jesus did. Let's put our hope in our Lord and Savior and in how He sees us, and strive to see ourselves, and each other, in the same way.
The only label that is truly fitting is our names...
Hello, I'm Melissa. I am fearfully and wonderfully and intricately and purposefully made in His image.
Who are YOU...........................?
MEET BLOG OWNER: LISSY
My almost 6 year old daughter took this picture of me, hence the unappealing camera angle. But this is how she sees me, so even though it's not the most glamorous picture, it works. This is me.