When I’m in schools talking to young people about self esteem, I often ask them about the labels that people, or they, have placed on themselves. We talk about how much easier it is to listen to the negative labels than to the positives.
Yet, labels can be incredibly useful.
One day I was shopping for shorts for my husband Andrew. I checked the label for the size and the price. The label tells us about the product.
In this normal and everyday task, God challenged me about a label I have been putting on myself for many years: the label of being a “worrier”.
Just like the label on the shorts, I believed other people could see this label. I even told them about the label I had placed on myself. “I’m a born worrier,” I would say.
I advertised it.
Recently, I’ve been reading Max Lucado’s book “Anxious for Nothing” and it challenged me not just to remove this label, but also to change the label!
Instead of people seeing someone who often focuses on the negatives and worries about things they cannot change, I want to be someone that shows people I believe in a God that is bigger than all my worries or concerns.
Someone who instead of constantly saying “what if” says, “but God.”
What labels do you need to change?
There’s no shadow you won’t light up, mountain you won’t climb up, coming after me.
There’s no wall you won’t kick down, lie you won’t tear down, coming after me.
Reckless Love by Cory Asbury