31 Days in My [Insert Label Here] Skin:


For all 31 days throughout October, I have joined up with thousands of other writers for the 2017 “Write 31 Days Challenge”.  Every day during this month, a whole mess of us dug through our hearts, tapped out new words, and hit “publish.”

And this year I dove head first into my struggle with Labels.  We’ve all got them.  We all give them.  Some of us feel comfy with them and enjoy the predictability of boxing people up and attaching certain one-word descriptions on them; whereas others of us feel suffocated by the whole thing and spend much of our adult life trying to prove to others how un-fitting are the labels they’ve smacked on us.


I happen to be all of the above.  Part of me feels comfortable when I identify myself by one particular role I play or personality trait that has been weaved throughout my life; I am allured by its simplicity; at times I feel affirmed by the fact that there are words to describe the way I feel.  Another part of me, however, is constantly railing against the whole concept, shaking my fist and wanting to shout to the world about how “We are all works in progress, gosh darn it!  We are all constantly growing, ever-changing, always being transformed!  Don’t box us in!”

I know, I know: I’ve got issues.


It was an absolute honor to hash this out with you over the month.  Thank you for joining me here.


 [Disclaimer: Due to the fact that I was simultaneously living my real life and attempting to write something every single day, editing was a challenge for me.  There simply wasn’t enough time for me to polish everything up as well as I normally prefer.  But I did my best to write things that are at least mildly coherent and hopefully useful, “content worth reading” as well.]



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Here are links to all the posts for this series.  (I have put an ** next to some of my favorites.  Posts with an audio recording have ♥ after the title)

  1. Introduction
  2. The Origin of This Series
  4. Label = Mom
  5. Label = Thirty-Nine
  6. **Label = Individualization
  7. Label = Praying
  8. **How Did Jesus Treat the Labeled People of His Day?
  9. Label = Woman
  10. Label = Lover of Comedy
  11. Label = Outgoing Introvert
  12. Label = Verbal Processor
  13. **Label = Married  
  14. Label = Emotional
  15. How Does God Treat the Ones Labeled “Sinners”?
  16. Label = Bookworm
  17. **The Labels I’ve Thrown Away
  18. What God Says About It All
  19. Label = Dependent on Teammates
  20. An Interview With A Friend
  21. **Label = Loved By My Father  
  22. **How Jesus Treated “The Broken Beyond Repair”
  23. Label = Overwhelmed
  24. Label = Family Cook
  25. Label = Learner
  26. **Label = Desperate for Jesus   
  27. Label = Grateful
  28. An Interview With A Middle-Schooler
  29. How I Would “Label” Jesus
  30. Label = Hidden
  31. **Label = Beloved