Ditch the Labels

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You are irreplaceable.
One in a hundred billion. *
The only you.
Unique in design.

“For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works,
And my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth.” Psalm 139:13-15 (NASB)

Designed by the Master Designer.
Embroidered by God who lovingly chose each color.
Your exclusive design and life experiences cannot be duplicated.

 

So let’s stop using labels to put people in groups.

 

A label only tells us one small part of who a person is.
I’m an introvert but still different from every other introvert.
I’m a white female but that doesn’t fully define who I am.
I’m American but that doesn’t reveal my soul.
Because I vote a certain way doesn’t mean I’m like all others who vote that way.
To say someone is OCD, autistic, ugly or beautiful doesn’t tell me who he or she is.

We are individuals. One of a kind souls wrapped in bodies unlike any other. Each of us is a wonderful miracle. Assigning you a label doesn’t mean I know you. To know each other we must communicate, listen, understand and love. We need to look for the exquisite colors He put in each soul. Some of us hide them well: we need to be willing to take as long as we need to see.

Father, please help me to take time to see your unique design in each soul. Help me look for your fingerprints all around. Help me let go of labels and judging others without knowing them. Please love others through me and help me to see how much you love each thoughtfully created human being.

Most of us have the tendency to judge others based on appearance or an obvious label

(often one someone else has assigned)

Let’s seek to know each person’s heart and to show each person we meet God’s love.

“God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” Genesis 1:27 (NASB)

“But now, O LORD, You are our Father, We are the clay, and You our potter; And all of us are the work of Your hand.” Isaiah 64:8 (NASB)

*It’s estimated that throughout all of history, approximately 100 billion people have existed on earth.

Susan Aken

Susan is a homemaker, substitute teacher and writer. She lives in Nebraska but was born and raised in Oklahoma. Her greatest love is for the Lord Jesus Christ who has redeemed her and set her free. Her other loves are her husband and son (she is now an empty nester). Susan enjoys reading, photography, spending time with family and friends and writing. She has a heart for prayer ministry and loves her church! https://susanaken53.wordpress.com/ http://susanakenphotos.wordpress.com/ http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/susanaken

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6 Comments

  1. amen dear

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    • Thanks for being a faithful reader Denise!

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  2. Thank you for this Susan!

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    • Thanks for reading Kris! It is a truth I am always learning.

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  3. How true your statement “we need to be willing to take as long as we need to see.”

    Your post was such a blessing to me. In this world of snapchatting, instagramming, etc. we seem to be losing touch of really getting to know each other.

    We must learn to live in the here and now ~ no tomorrows are promised.

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    • Thanks for reading Norma! I thank God He used this to bless you. I continue to learn this every day.

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