31 Days in My [Insert Label Here] Skin:
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)
- The Origin of This Series
- MY LABELS
- Label = Mom
- Label = Thirty-Nine
- **Label = Individualization
- Label = Praying
- **How Did Jesus Treat the Labeled People of His Day?
- Label = Woman
- Label = Lover of Comedy
- Label = Outgoing Introvert
- Label = Verbal Processor
- **Label = Married ♥
- Label = Emotional
- How Does God Treat the Ones Labeled “Sinners”?
- Label = Bookworm
- **The Labels I’ve Thrown Away
- What God Says About It All
- Label = Dependent on Teammates
- An Interview With A Friend
- **Label = Loved By My Father ♥
- **How Jesus Treated “The Broken Beyond Repair”
- Label = Overwhelmed
- Label = Family Cook
- Label = Learner
- **Label = Desperate for Jesus ♥
- Label = Grateful
- An Interview With A Middle-Schooler
- How I Would “Label” Jesus
- Label = Hidden
- **Label = Beloved ♥