1 Corinthians 2:11 For who among men know the thoughts of a man except the man's spirit within him?
love to sew! I have probably said this before, I would rather sew than
eat! I love to sew clothing, crafts, purses, and home décor. The last
step for me when I make something is to put a label in my creation. The
label bears the name of my sewing business. That is all that the label
contains. The label does not tell you that I put hours of planning and
work into the item. It does not tell of the mistakes that I made and
corrected along the way. The label does not reveal neither broken sewing
machine needles nor pin pricks to my fingers. It also does not tell the
customer how much love and joy I put into creating each item that I
produce. The label on the finished product is there to identify the
item as being my creation. The customer's mind is open to fill in the
details of how the item came to be.
As human beings, we
label. We label others as smart, poor, wealthy, nice, mean, etc. We
label hastily and often times unnecessarily. We label according to how
people appear on the surface, instead of how they are deep in the
How many times do we mislabel? Have we often
missed out on knowing the inner details of someone because we do
not read past the "label"? How many times do we miss out on being
blessed by someone because we are not willing to learn more about them?
recently learned something about a friend of mine that I had never
known. I had labeled her, in a good way, before I knew her story. I
had labeled her as a person whose life had been sugar coated with much
happiness. I had included in that label much success on her part that
was likely due to a lifelong deep relationship with God. When I learned
the details of her younger life, I was made keenly aware of the fact
that labels do not tell us everything about an item (in this case a
person). She had been through many things that had molded her into the
Christian woman that she is today. In her lifetime she has experienced
deep rejection, poverty, and verbal abuse. Her life has not been sugar
coated, however God has provided her with opportunities to
succeed through him. It has not always been an easy road.
as I put much time and effort into creating a garment, God puts much
time and effort into creating each of us. There are many pin pricks and
mistakes along the way. There are difficulties and disappointments.
There are years of molding and shaping. However, He can take all those
things and create a beautiful person!
My prayer today
is that we will grow in Christ so that we will not be quick to label
others. May we learn about people beyond the label which we may be
tempted to place upon them, allowing God to show us the beauty of each
of His creations in depths beneath the faces that we look upon.