Nearly everyone, at one time or another, has been labeled by others. In the world we live in today, it seems you can’t go anywhere without someone prejudging you by your clothes, car, body type, race, sex, job, political point of view, location you live, or just because you happen to be in the wrong lane when you turned.
I know I’m guilty of it too. Sure, I try hard to live by the Bible’s rule of ‘Judge not lest you be judged’. But, sometimes it’s just too easy to label someone who annoys me. Of course, that still, small voice in my heart is quick to remind me that He loves everyone the same, even me…
In college, while peering over the shoulder of a friend who was working on a drawing, I gained a label that stuck with me for a few years on my dorm wing. As I was peering, my friend looked up and thought I looked like a buzzard, so… My new label became ‘Buzz’. Yes… ‘Buzz’. It wasn’t so bad until I had to explain to the sister wing girls why everyone was calling me ‘Buzz’.
Growing up, I had multiple labels; four-eyes, cross-eyed freak, nerd, clown, and dork. That was just elementary school! Suffice to say, not all labels are positive. Most aren’t. But, kids will be kids. Today, I get labeled names such as ‘Mr. Brad’, ‘Mr. C’, and ‘Sir’ (I get that a lot).
With the Mrs., I can usually tell by the label she uses if she is happy with me or, not. ‘Honey’ is positive, but ‘Sweetheart’ is usually tied to an effort to be nice when she really might want to knock me a good one. If she uses just my name, well, I know I’m in trouble…
Often, how we react to a label will determine if it gets used again. I’ve found by ignoring the negative ones and not taking the positive ones too seriously, it helps keep things on an even keel most of the time and prevents hurt feelings. Returning a label with a label is probably the worst. Yet, we see it on Twitter every day. Just sayin’.
So, today, here’s to looking at everyone through neutral glasses before assigning a common label, or at least not a negative one. We may just be missing out on something by putting a label on them. We my never get to know them, because that label will put a wall between us. We may have something they need, and, they may have something we need. Most of all, it will keep us from truly becoming what He wants us to become.
I’ll leave you tonight with a funny video, not totally related, from one of our favorite comedians talking about ‘Alterative Cuss Words.” It’s worth a quick listen and I guarantee you’ll get a laugh…
No comments posted.