I wasn’t going to blog this week. I told you I wasn’t. But this, apparently, had to come out. And, if I need to hear it, maybe someone else needs to hear it too.
This morning I read a great post by Keith Jennings called Resolutions, Renewal & the New Year. This resonated with me. “Maybe, just maybe, we should re-solve something specific that’s blocking us from living creatively.”
Fix the root of the problem. Experience the harvest.
And yesterday, I read this Facebook question from People of the Second Chance (POTSC).
What label are you focused on giving up in 2012?
I paused to think about what label I might still be holding onto. I wasn’t sure. I didn’t think I had one. Failure? No, that wasn’t it. I’ve watched God redeem my failures. I trust, with all my heart, that He is faithful and capable of doing something beautiful with my failures.
So what is it, Lord? Which label still haunts me?
And then it hit me. And I cried. And I cry again as I write these words…
You. Are. Insignificant.
I had no idea how strongly I was still holding onto those words until I took the time to think about it.
It’s interesting. I can tell you all the reasons why this is not true. I can point to scripture and tell you that I am loved and valued. I matter to God. Every hair on my head is counted. He knows when I lie down and when I rise. He cares about every detail of my life. He paid the ultimate sacrifice for me and would do it again if He had to.
But, this is the label that still haunts me. This is the label that secretly whispers to me…who are you to believe that what you say and what you do will make a difference?
You blend into the wallpaper. I don’t even notice you. You might as well not even try.
Insignificant. It’s amazing how labels stick with us. How they can rear their heads. Labels are like invisible school yard bullies that lurk in the shadows and wait for us. Labels make us feel weak and less than. Labels hold us back. Labels keep us stuck.
I’m done. I’m done with labels. I’m peeling it off and tossing it in the trash.
What’s standing in the way of your goals?
What lies have you been believing that are holding you back?
Will you join me in throwing them out?