I used to believe that certain labels given to me defined whom I was and who I would eventually become. The thing about labels is that they are handed to us based on our exterior presentation of ourselves. I have never exactly been a fan of labels. I was always taken back by the idea of how someone who doesn’t know the slightest bit of who I am has the ability to label me based on their own points and observations.
How simple is it to believe and give into these labels handed to us? Whether the label is: band geek. nerd, jock, brains, screw up, loser, pretty face, popular, etc. It is easy to become consumed by these labels. It is easy to believe that these labels define us and that we are nothing more than a pretty face, screw up, or nerd.
You are more than the labels voluntarily handed to you. Whatever label you may be carrying, does not define you, and it is not all you are or who you are. Who you are is more than this.
Who you are, your identity is a Beloved Son or Daughter of The Most High King.
Behold what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called children of God; and such we are. For this cause the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we children of God, and it is not yet made manifest what we shall be. We know that, if He shall be manifested, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him even as he is.
1 John 3:1-2
You are not who others observe you to be. There is more to you than the grades you receive in school, how fashionable you are, your exterior appearance, or your ability to play sports. You are more than this. You are more than your mistakes or your faults. You are more than your labels.
Behind every individual, behind the exterior view, there is a person with a story. A story with beauty or scars that you may have never has guessed were there. But how often do we dig past surface of labels to hear their story of who they truly are?
Behind the surface of an individual is a story. Are you willing to listen?