Unlabel Your Labels

Aren’t we all a bit materialistic?  I know I’m guilty of it myself, as I am sure we all are to some degree.  We all think we need this label, or that label, when in all reality, we don’t need any of it.  We might want it, but we don’t need it.

I feel that I work hard for my money, and if I want something, I am going to buy it.  Again, I am sure I’m not the only one who feels this way!  We all feel like the world owes us something.

Sometimes, labeled or brand named items are no different than none brand names.  We just think they are better.  My husband is a fan of Lacoste, and I have to admit, it is a very nice quality line of clothing.  One time I bought him a very sharp Lacoste shirt for Christmas, and then come to find out the exact same shirt, without the little crocodile on it, was at a local men’s department store.  The mate to it.  Only a different label, and of course a different price tag.

We have to stop looking at the label.  That goes for people too.  Who cares if someone is Catholic, Protestant, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, rich, poor, black, white, etc.  We are all the same, just like this shirt.  You can put a crocodile on the chest of the shirt and call it “Lacoste” but it is still just a shirt.

Not only do we look at the label of clothing, vehicles, shoes, purses, even food labels, we look at the labels on people.  We judge people for the labels that we choose to put on them.  I learned through my parenting book marathon obsession, that we should never label a child.  You have no idea how hard it is not to label people.  My daughter loves to take her time.  Many times people label her pokey or slow, but I was very conscious to say, “She loves to take her time.”

It’s difficult to see people for people and not label them.  I know how hard I have to think when it comes to my parenting strategies.  It’s important that we avoid labels, because once we label people, we then judge them on that label.  We are all created equally and we all deserve to have unconditional love and respect and removing labels from people will help you see people with this kind of love and adoration.  Just like our Divine Creator sees us.

Matthew 7:1-2 explains, “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you.”  If you stop judging or labeling people, God will stop judging you, because God will label you the same way you label others, and he will apply to you the same rules that you apply to others.

Just like it was recommended not to label our children in the parenting books I read, the same holds true about anyone.  Look past the labels, and see the person for who they are, not their faults.  Just like my husband’s Christmas shirt, try seeing that the shirts are really just a shirt.  A person is really just a person.  Famous, or a Redneck.  We are all made of the same flesh, and we are all really returning to the ground we came from.

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