***I have recently been given the opportunity to be a part of the writing team of a unique, creative collective online magazine, Kingdom Edge. This is a current piece that I have written for them. You can check them out online by visiting Kingdom Edge Magazine.
Stay at Home Mom.
Labels. Labels. Labels. We’ve all been given them and quite possibly, we’ve all stamped them upon the lives of others around us. Between our silly pre-conceived ideas and ignorant assumptions, we place people under certain categories in our tiny little minds and there they must remain. That is who they are and that cannot change. To some, labels may not be seen as a bad thing. Some people may find joy in the fact that a label helps define who they are; it gives them a sense of worth and purpose. As for me, well I want nothing to do with them.
For many years, well into my adulthood, I have struggled through the mindset that my life had to be defined by one specific label. That who I was could only fall into one category. In a way I felt as though that is how I would find my “true self.” If only I could figure out what “label” could accurately be placed over my life. And you know what? No matter how hard I tried, I just couldn’t do it. To be who God truly created me to be, I could not allow my life to be limited by one single label. That’s how I see labels – as limiting, not empowering. Don’t get me wrong…I am proud to be labeled as a Christian, a daughter of God – a true child of the King. And without a doubt, that is the most important thing about me; a label that I will humbly wear. But being a daughter of God and a child of the King means that I was created for more, intricately woven with purpose, with gifting’s and callings and a DNA that was handcrafted with a future in mind. Inside of me, he placed desires and dreams and interest and longings. And the very same can be said of you.
My God is a creative God. He’s detailed. He’s a master planner and a perfect designer. He only crafts originals, not copies. That truth alone brings me so much joy, and more than anything, it brings me freedom. It’s the freedom to know that I don’t have to be an exact replica of anyone else…I just get to be me. And being me means that I don’t have to fit into the mold; I don’t have to be defined by a single label. I can be anything and all things that God has called me to be. I can be called for ministry and motherhood at the same time. And no longer does a label over my life limit my ability to walk in the calling over my life.
Those dreams that keep you up at night…those passions that make your heart skip a beat…those goals that you have for your future…they make look vastly different than mine. And that is totally ok. You are free to be you. Uniquely you. You don’t have to wear the label. You don’t have to be cookie- cutter. You don’t have to fit the mold. You are more than just a category. You can be the multi-faceted, multi-talented, multi-called child of God that you were created to be. You can be a free-spirit and still love the beauty of order. You can be the extrovert that still loves her independence. You can be the mom who still wants to minister to the masses.
These are the kind of labels I like, and the kind of labels that I wear gladly bear. May you choose to do the same and walk boldly into the YOU you were created to be.
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
– Psalms 139:13-16