Friday, January 18, 2013

5 Minute Friday: Cherished

I've been digesting this concept of Label-Free Living -- the notion that maybe we don't have to have labels to define us.  I think about the ones that I wear, even the ones that simply describe what I do:


And I think about how I might view myself differently if somehow I lost

my voice
my hands
my thoughts

or much worse...

my children or my husband.

Sometimes I think I use super-glue to keep my labels on, even when they start to lose their stickiness.  The goo of pride makes me hold on even when God gently tries to pull them off so that I might be free.  Even those that I know I'm better off without, I cling to still because there is comfort in that which remains unchanged.  And if I wear them, I have a place to hide.

Eventually, He gets His way with  me and indeed, I've lost many labels over the years.  The ones that told me that I was boring and ignorable and unacceptable unless perfect.

But the one label that will never lose its stickiness, the one label that I never want to lose, perhaps the only label that I really want to wear is the one that says


With this comes much: loved, forgiven, cherished.

I'm hanging out with Lisa-Jo this morning.  Want in?  Here's the deal:

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community..

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  1. Hi, hopping over from FMF. Beautiful writing, Jen.

  2. This reminds me of the Max Lucado story (You Are Special) about the Wemmicks with their dots and stars.

  3. Yes, only wear the label that is only worth wearing: HIS! Beautiful post on cherished. case you don't know, You can add me to your list of people who cherish you. :)

  4. I like imagining my label reading "His". It changes your perspective on everything! Like you said, all of the sudden I feel loved, like I belong. Thanks for sharing!

    Christy @ A Heartening Life

  5. oh, love this...yes, label me "His" and how He cherishes you and me...such grace...wishing you and yours a blessed weekend, Jen :)

  6. what a difference it would make in my being if i lived like this. everyday. in every circumstance.

  7. This is an amazing post. Thank you for writing this! It touches me. His grace is so wonderful.

  8. Label free living. I wonder why gravitate to labels so much. I wonder how Jesus would describe us. We usually describe ourselves with labels. you got me thinking.

  9. If everyone knew we were HIS because we wore the label like in that novel where the woman had to wear the letter A in red for adulteress (I forget the name of the novel, I can't believe it!), we would always be conscious of it and I think we would never get lost! Patsy

    1. The Scarlet Letter -- I hate it when things like this escape me!


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