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Today’s Truth

“But now, this is what the Lord says—He who created you, [insert your name], He who formed you, [inset your name]: ‘Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine’”

Isaiah 43:1

Friend to Friend

Recently, my friend was asked to speak during chapel time at the elementary school where she works. She began by asking for three volunteers, each of whom were assigned a “name,” unbeknownst to them, by way of a sign held up behind them. The opening game required her volunteers to ask numerous questions of their peers in order to solve the mystery of their assigned name. When each participant finally discovered their fictitious identity, some were happy (Bill Gates, Taylor Swift) while others were disappointed (Daffy Duck). My friend began to explain to the children that when we go through life, other people will try to put labels on us and call us names that may be far from the truth—lazy, ugly, klutzy, dumb. The only names that we should allow to stick to us, she told the children, are the ones assigned to us by Jesus: beloved, precious, chosen…

Afterwards, my friend and I were talking about her message and she told me that she has often struggled with willingly adopting other peoples’ labels for herself (and even adopting a few self-prescribed, confidence-weakening ones, as well). This led to a long battle with insecurity.

Our conversation got me thinking back over my own life experiences. I, too, had inaccurate labels that people tried to attach to me and many hurtful names hurled at me—by my peers, my teachers, and even by my parents. Yet, for some reason, they didn’t stick. I have gone through most of my life with a strong sense of self-confidence. When first considering why this was, I tried to stick a couple of labels on myself: maybe I was just “cocky,” or I “lacked sensitivity.” But the Lord was quick to interrupt me.

You see, the Lord reminded me that, in contrast to my friend, I grew up attending a Bible preaching/teaching church. It was there that I learned how precious I was in the eyes of the Lord and that my Heavenly Father loved me so fiercely that He sent Jesus to die for my sins. This Jesus became my personal Savior when I was twelve years old. So, when I asked Jesus (the only accurate label maker) how it was that I always had a strong sense of who I was, He led me to this conclusion:

I know who I am…because YOU [Jesus] know who I am.

I know who I am…because I know the great I AM!

When you know who you ARE, friend, you can be confident about who you are NOT.

In Today’s Truth, we are told that Jesus calls us BY NAME, and some of the labels (nicknames, if you will) he uses above to describe us are: REDEEMED and MINE.

If you find you struggle with insecurity on an ongoing basis, or even if you have an on-again, off-again relationship with your own self-confidence, consider that you may have a number of labels, names, and identities that are stuck to you which have NO business being on your person!

Let’s Pray

Dear Lord, I confess that I have often been quick to accept other people’s opinions of me without first asking You if they have any truth to them. Lord, help me to rightly judge my character in light of Your truth and let me be quick to fully accept all of the beautiful labels You have already made for me to wear.

In Your precious and holy NAME, Jesus, I pray,

Amen.

 

Now It’s Your Turn

Take some time to get alone with the Lord and ask him to help you to identify all the negative/false labels you have claimed ownership of over the years. Write them down in list form. Next, ask for/search for scriptures that shine “truth rebuttals” over the lies you’ve held onto. Record them right alongside the false names, crossing out the lie and highlighting the truth. Girlfriend, make this the year that you do not allow anyone, except your Heavenly Father, to label you!

 

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15 Responses to “Hello, My Name Is…”

  1. Crystal says:

    We have to be careful not to put labels on ourselves as well as others. It can have a lasting effect and make u less affective.l pray daily for confidence and strength.

  2. Judy Bateman says:

    Thanks for sharing. I’ve learned that people sometimes say hurting things to others when they feel bad, but I must remember who I am and whose I am.

  3. Ramona Puckett says:

    I love this! Powerful words, I was also raised in church but I didn’t know this. We were taught to fear God and no matter what, we were wrong. I was also baptized but it didn’t make me feel better. After years of not going to church, I am going to the little non-dementional church across our road. Our pastor is a teacher and I have learned so much! I also read my Bible every day, I try to learn something every day. Thank you so much for this lesson!
    Love-Ramona

  4. lisa says:

    What a great devotional, with a good analogy. The insecurities from childhood at times creep up on me, but I am able to remember who I am. My name is child of the one true king..

  5. Deborah says:

    There is a wonderful Max Lucado children book ‘You Are Special,’ if you haven’t read it you should. Thank you for sharing I am working on getting rid of all my stickers. God Bless and keep you.

  6. Jeanne says:

    Wow! This devotional really spoke to my heart. I have endured so many labels in my life due to the fact that I was an introvert with a vivid imagination and a tendency toward creativity. Now that I am older and have become a believer, I can put it all into perspective based on what the Scriptures say about me. It doesn’t matter what people think about me; it only matters what God thinks about me. There is a blessing in that.

  7. Bernadette says:

    Thank you so much for this. Yesterday, I was pretty upset after a racial incident that occurred on my college campus, Santa Monica College. An 80 Y/O, caucasian male verbal and physically assaulted a young, African-American student and repeatedly referred to her with the “N” word and suggested she didn’t belong on our campus. She was a student; he was a guest. I was so infuriated with this incident and tried desperately to process it with my students. As an African-American clinical psychologist and psychology professor, I can explain this behavior clinically. As a child of God, the words still sting. But, your devotional and reminder of who I REALLY am, soothed my soul this morning. Thank you again.

    • Lisa Morrone Lisa Morrone says:

      Bernadette, I am so glad your students had you there to help them work through all the emotions that accompany the racial prejudices that continue to plague our nations people. May we, as Jesus followers, seek to be truly color blind and love/respect everyone equally–as we are all, equally, image bearers of our Heavenly Father (Imago Dei)!

  8. Rebecca Jones says:

    Your post made me think of those label makers everyone used to have before computers. What an exercise to have people do and see what they come up with. Jesus would wear this, Hello, my name is Love. Thank you for a great post today.

  9. julia says:

    well said lisa! we are the child of the one true King. (side note it made me think of i think it was Mathew west hello my name is)

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