You’ve probably heard the song, “You Are More” by Tenth Avenue North. Love the lyric, “you are more than the sum of your past mistakes, you are more than the problems you create, you’ve been remade”
Love how that song, completely removes the labels you put on yourself when you look in the mirror. Maybe you don’t like what you see on the outside, or the inside.
I’m reading this book Unglued by Lysa Terkheurst. She wrote about how those labels we put on ourselves, can cause us to come unglued. You can win it today by telling us what makes you come unglued.
She writes, "the labels can imprison us and are hard to escape. I am angry, frustrated, screamer, stuffer, just like my mother, wreck, people pleaser, jerk, insecure, unglued. All lies meant to tear you down. When you define yourself as these things, your emotions get the best of you. Make you short-tempered and off kilter.”
I started writing in the margins of my book about the labels that I put on myself, that cause me to come unglued. My labels: Single Mom. Failure. Abandoned.
But the only label that matters when you look in the mirror, is that you are a child of God.
Lysa writes about one of her favorite children's books, Max Lucado’s “You Are Special.” In it the characters are labeled with dots others have stuck on them. The aha and freeing moment in the story comes when someone tells a character that doesn’t like his dots:
“They only stick if you let them.”