“For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139:13,14
Excerpt written by Rachelle Keppler, MMF Team
What if we start believing what God says about us? So often we believe what others say about us. In today’s world everyone has an opinion and a way to share it. We often ask people what they think. Why? Because we want to be liked, accepted and above all else, loved for whom we are. But who are we? Some of us have been molded by other people in our lives.
Let me tell you of a woman I met once. I was at a store picking up a few things and I got in line behind a woman who climbed from her motorized cart to retrieve her purchases. She stopped to look back at me and said, “I’m sorry I’m so slow.”
“You’re fine. Take your time. I’m in no hurry,” I answered with what I hoped was a reassuring smile.
But she apologized again as her items were rung up, saying, “I’m sorry, I’ve always been slow. My mother use to always say I was the slowest soul on earth.” As she climbed back into her cart her hunched shoulders drooped further as she said almost to herself, “It really hurt.”
I stood there a bit stunned, unsure what to do as she rode off. There have been 86,000 things I wish I had said or done in those moments but I did nothing. Nothing. What continues to break my heart is that this woman was at least 70 years old and she was still believing and holding onto a label given to her as a child. How many times have we done that? We take what someone says about us and we put it on. We drape it over our shoulders to see if it fits, and our minds usually make it fit. You’re told, “You’re fat” so you take that label and try it on: “Well, I’m not as skinny as so-n-so… I did eat 2 brownies yesterday…. I did gain a lot of weight while pregnant…” And so you leave that label hung over your shoulders. And the next one comes along; “You’re stupid” And you see how that one fits. “Well I wanted to go to Yale but was only accepted to a community college… I did get lost that one time while driving… I never get any of the questions on Jeopardy right…” And so we determine that label fits as well.
Soon the weight of all those labels stoops our shoulders, tugs the smile from our face, the laughter from our mouths and slows our steps. What once was a heart God could fill has become a heart full of lies. And they turn into sorrow, anger, and bitterness.
But what if we could change what labels we carry?
Write all the labels you answer to in your heart. You don’t have to share this list with anyone.
Read Psalm 139:1-16. What does God’s word say about you?
How does it compare with your list? What things are you struggling to accept in this passage?
Continue reading verses 17-24. Can you join David in his praise to God and ask for His help in searching your heart?
Now look at your list of labels again. Does God’s Word affirm that you are truly defined by these labels? If not I urge you to take that list and burn it. Give Satan back his lies and ask God to show you how he sees you.
Song reference: , “Hello, My Name Is” by Matthew West