How do you see yourself? What are your first thoughts in the morning, when you look in the mirror, when you’re eating a meal? What do you see?
Is it someone you would want to know and spend time with, or someone you would reject and turn a cold shoulder to? Why?
We all have labels given to us either by others or ourselves. Good or bad, we seem to take on these labels as the truth, living our lives out of the things that have been spoken over us.
During high school, I was known as the “goody two shoes”, “reserved”, “the homeschooler”, and “the pure and holy girl”. I gave myself labels, too, even if it was unintentionally. I saw myself as shy, insecure, dirty, shameful, unwanted, and alone. I lived two separate lives, not wanting people to see what I saw when I looked at myself, or how I acted when I was being me. Even though I didn’t like the labels others gave me, I preferred them over the ones I gave myself.
I would hide away from my family, my friends, my youth group, all because I believed the lie that I wasn’t worthy of friends and that I would always be alone. Like many of us, I acted this way because I didn’t see my own value.
But the truth is we are worth more than the labels put on us by the world.
When I decided to do a YWAM DTS after high school, it was because I wanted to travel and see the world. But God had other plans! He was more concerned with my heart and my view of myself. During my DTS, God began revealing lies I was believing about myself. But as soon as it got painful or uncomfortable without them, I would put those labels back on.
One day someone came up to me and said, “God sees you this way”, as he put his hand high above his head. Moving his other hand down past his waist, he then continued, “And you see yourself this way. But God wants you to see yourself the way He sees you!” He put his hands level with each other.
God slowly removed one label after another. Sometimes it hurt. I didn’t want to see myself any other way than what I’d always known. I couldn’t believe that He would see past all my faults and still want me. But He didn’t only remove the labels; He replaced them! He took the label “reserved” and called me “bold”, “wanted”, “His”. He replaced “shame” with “worthiness” and “wholeness”. I am no longer a slave to any label. I am a daughter of the Most Holy God -my Father!
He has pulled me out of my sin and given me a new name “beloved daughter”.
How do you change your view, your way of thinking? For most of us, it has been so long that we can’t see the difference between the lies and the truth – a God-given label or a world-given one.
The change starts with God and what He has already done and said about you. Hebrews 12:2 says “For the joy set before him he endured the cross”. He endured the cross for you. He saw the joy set before Him and that JOY is you! You are not a burden to God, but His joy!
In Psalm 139:14, God says you are fearfully and wonderfully made, He created your inmost being. Verses 17 and 18 say “How precious are Your thoughts to me, how great is the sum!”
I dare you to ask Him, “What are Your thoughts toward me?” and be willing to hear what He has to say about you.
Lizzy is on Staff at YWAM Louisville and is currently in charge of the Accounting office. She is bold and passionate in pursuing the Lord and, although she might seem quiet at first, she is full of truth, wisdom and funny jokes.