There are labels that were stuck on me a long time ago. Labels that demean and tell me I’m not good enough. Some were put there decades ago with some pretty good adhesive that makes them hard to remove. I tug at them, reading their hurtful words, trying to peel them off. The ones I manage to tear off still hurt after they’re gone, requiring time to heal.
Yet these labels do not define us as a person. They are labels stuck to us by people. Paul reminds us in Galatians 3:28, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus (NASB).” This is the label that matters — being one in Christ Jesus. This is the label that others may try to remove to make you feel lesser than them, but this is the one label you should stick to.
By You I have been sustained from my birth; You are He who took me from my mother’s womb; My praise is continually of You. – Psalm 71:6
For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well. – Psalm 139:13-14
Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created.” – Revelation 4:11