It was the middle of the day and I was driving down the highway. With a heavy heart and tears in my eyes, I questioned, “God, why do I have to be like this? Why can’t I just shut up?!”
One by one, all the labels put on me since I was little bounced around in my head.
“You are so rebellious!”
“You always have an opinion!”
“You’re always going against the grain!”
It’s funny how labels attach themselves to us. If we’re not careful, they become a part of us. Everything we do and say oozes out, filtered through this second layer of skin.
We make these labels a part of our very being. We believe they belong to us. We believe they identify us. We’re shamed by them.
In frustration and desperate to rid myself of this part of me, I cried out to the Lord,
“God, am I just a rebellious girl who doesn’t know how to submit?
I don’t know how to go with the crowd. I don’t know how to smile and pretend I agree.
God, why can’t I just be normal? Why can’t I just stay shut?”
And isn’t it funny? The way we expect God to show up and speak to us when we’re deep in some type of ritualistic and spiritual prayer? Yet it pleases Him to break through the mundane of the every day with glorious, life-changing truth.
“I created you this way. I gave you that voice. You just have to learn how to use it.”
Wait, you made me like this? Seriously? Like, on purpose?
All this time I’ve tried to change this part about me, yet you created me like this?
For the first time in my life, I looked at this part of my personality without shame.
People label what they cannot understand. However, God names whom He created, (Isaiah 43:1).
God created me like this. That part of me that fires up when I am convinced something is not right… that part of me that bubbles up inside not allowing me to ‘just let it go’… that part of me that has been misunderstood and misinterpreted since I was a little girl… that part- God created it. It is part of my identity.
Call To Action
One of the questions in Noel Yeatts study guide for her book, AWAKE, is “Read and discuss Proverbs 31:8-9. What does this mean for Christ followers?”
“Open your mouth for the speechless, In the cause of all who are appointed to die.
Open your mouth, judge righteously, And plead the cause of the poor and needy,” (Proverbs 31: 8-9, NKJV).
After reading the verses, my mind and heart went back to that conversation God and I had on the highway several years ago. “You just have to learn how to use it…”
This verse gives us a reason to use our ‘voice’. It gives us a command to open our mouths and speak for those who are unable to speak for themselves. It calls us to action for those who are poor and needy. We have a responsibility- a mandate to be the voice that doesn’t relent, doesn’t back down, and rubs against the grain of this culture.
If That’s You
- Trade those labels for your true name and identity. Join a community of storytellers, using their voice to help change the world. Become a World Help Blogger. (Find more information here. Then sign-up here. #WHBLOGGERS).
- Find out more about Noel Yeatt’s book. (Get it right now, $2.99 on sale) [affiliate link]. Simply sign up on Noel’s blog and she’ll send you the first 2 chapters for free.
- Join Noel and Michele-Lyn for an online book study.
Getting rid of the labels, and walking in my God-given name and identity,
(Won’t you join me?)