We love to label.
Disabled, Gifted, Conservative, Liberal,
The tendency to label is a natural one. It’s how we make sense of the world, but all too often we automatically stick people in the wrong category and leave them there.
It’s hard to love someone after they’ve been sealed into a box stamped with the label “undesirable”. There are so many ways to label people as unwanted, different, and somehow ‘less than’.
If we could overcome our need to categorize and compartmentalize people long enough to find the person underneath, what would we see? People are more than the name tag they wear.
People are more than the labels they wear. (Tweet This)
We are supposed to be careful of what we let influence us, but avoiding destructive behaviors and thoughts are not the same thing as avoiding people in the not us camp.
What if we peeled back the labels?
Convict, Leader, Homeless, Executive,
What if we ignored societal convention and followed Jesus’ example?
Tax Collector, Fisherman, Prostitute,
What if we opened our eyes and saw the human being underneath the designations that society has slapped on them?
As long as we give our attention to labels we allow our opinion to be colored by it. We limit our view of the person and who they can become.
Before anything else, God values people for who they are, not what they do or believe.
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5 :8 NIV
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 NIV
What if we took a look under our own labels, the ones we so proudly wear? Without our protective labels firmly stuck in place, are we brave enough to relate person to person?
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