When You Feel Crushed By Labels

Would you agree that we are all imperfect? 

So if that’s the case, it also means our thoughts are imperfect, right? 

If our thoughts are imperfect, then other people’s are too, which means other people’s thoughts and opinions about us are imperfect. 

That means the things we often feel crushed and labeled by suddenly lose the power to define us.  

Logically, imperfect people cannot define someone’s worth because their perception is just that – imperfect.

More importantly, someone’s imperfect thoughts about us cannot go up against our worth that was decided a long time ago by a perfect God. In the battle of which one actually defines us, God’s opinion always wins.

Someone’s imperfect thoughts about us cannot go up against our worth that was decided a long time ago by a perfect God.

It doesn’t usually feel that way though, which is why it’s important to know these truths so we can use them in the moments when feelings want to take over.

Most of the time, the negative things people say to or about us cut pretty deep and depending on what is said, can trigger our deepest insecurities. We also fear that these negative opinions or words will spread and other people will begin to think or say the same things. No one likes to feel that way and it is a struggle for all of us.

However, because we were created by someone who does not make mistakes, we don’t have to be defined by someone else’s imperfect vision.

Because we were created by someone who does not make mistakes, we don’t have to be defined by someone else’s imperfect vision.

Picture standing in front of a wall with someone wearing glasses that have a big crack down one lens. They tell you there is a crack in the wall, when there clearly is not. Do they see a crack? Yes. But is there really a crack? No. It’s a flawed perception that they have, and that is all. They may go and tell people there’s a big crack in the wall, but over time when people stop by to see the wall for themselves, they realize that there is no crack after all.

God says you are beautiful.

God says you are forgiven

God says you are not less than _____ just because she _____

God says your mistakes do not define you

God says you are worthy, chosen, and unconditionally loved

We have to fight the tendency to allow other people to define us.

Is it possible that we have more control over what, and who, we let bring us down than we think we do?  Romans 8:11 says that if you are a believer “The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you.” THE SAME SPIRIT THAT BROUGHT JESUS BACK TO LIFE. If the power that defeated death is inside of you, I’m pretty sure it can also defeat the insecurity pushed on us by someone else.

When we choose to shut down the lies we can regain the confidence that comes with not having those mean words as our label.

You see, we get it all wrong when we think that this world gets the last say and God is just something to make us feel better sometimes. God has always been, is, and always will be the one who trumps everything at the end of the day. Instead of seeing other people’s opinions of us as the truth, what if we chose to believe the that God’s words are the truth and other people’s opinions are merely trying to attack it?

God is reality is truth that goes deeper than our present circumstances, looks and feelings to create the ultimate definition.

Even if you don’t believe it, it’s still true.

What would life look like if we really did let Him set the standards? If we allowed His definition of who we are in Him to be what we confidently walk in?

Is something that gives more confidence really worth turning down?

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