Labels get psychologically sewn on us as children and sometimes they can get us down. Right or wrong, it's just the way it is. These labels tend to stay with us as we grow to adults even though they are no longer correct (if they ever were in the first place). Learning how to overcome them is key to growing in the spirit of God.
Consider these labels: Clumsy, Awkward, Slow Learner, Bookworm, Shy, Wallflower, Daydreamer, Trouble Maker, Hyper-Active, Attention Deficit Disorder, Just Not Good With _____ (fill in the blank: math; spelling; sports; social skills; etc.).
Does any of the above sound familiar to you?
Consider these examples of some famous people who overcame their labels:
Clint Eastwood was told by an executive at Universal Studios that he “had no future as an actor” because he had a chipped tooth, an Adams apple that was too prominent and he talked too slow.
Best-selling, millionaire author Scott Turow got an “F” in his High School English class.
Joe Louis, in his first fight, was knocked down six times in three rounds and labeled by one sportswriter as a “doormat with no future”.
Charles Shultz, creator of “Peanuts”, was turned down for a job as a cartoonist at the Disney studios and told he “lacked talent”.
The world can be a cruel place but yet all these people overcame their shortcomings and failures. They chose to ignore or cast off their labels and rise to greatness thus proving all their nay sayers wrong. If they can do it, so can you.
Take a closer look at the labels that have been sewn on you.
How many of your thoughts, attitudes, likes, dislikes, fears, ideas and behaviors that have been firmly rooted in your "programming" since childhood have you ever challenged or even re-considered?
If you are not achieving the results you want out of life, it may very well be that these "restrictions" that were set in the past are getting in your way; and if they’re getting in your way then they’re getting in God’s way too. You see, God has to work within your own believing.
If you are limiting yourself, then you are also limiting God’s power in your life and His blessings upon you. III John 2 says: “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.”
When you increase your believing in what you are capable of, you increase your soul. When your soul prospers, then your health and your prosperity in other aspects of your life must also increase.
Labels can be used for positive reinforcement. Consider some of the labels God has sewn upon us:
- Son of God (Rom 8:14)
- Prophet (1 Cor 12:10)
- Ambassador for Christ (2 Cor 5:20)
- Worker of Miracles (1 Cor 12:10)
- Super Conqueror (Rom 8:37)
- Future Judge of Angels (1 Cor 6:3)
...and many more.
In addition to His Word, God has given us all the tools we need to live a fulfilling life: Power, Love and a Sound Mind (2 Tim 1:7). We must therefore often examine and evaluate the labels and conceptions we hold of ourselves in our minds that guide our behavior and dictate the courses of our lives.
When YOU walk forward on believing and take action to adjust your thinking to God's Word, then and only then will the greatness of God’s power come to pass in your life.YOU must take the first step toward healing your inner self -THEN God will bring forth an abundance of mental and physical prosperity to your life.
God Bless You!
By Daniel Sweet
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