Honestly, I’m struggling financially right now. I’m opening with that because I have a ministry fund and I was told I should use that money to pay off bills. Most people would think that was an awesome idea I’m guessing since I’m living paycheck to paycheck. But in reality, if you look at the bigger picture, if I used that money, I’d be in the same hole just deeper down because that money would all disappear fast as well. A co-worker explained it to me like this: When you’re on a plane and there’s an emergency, the oxygen masks come down and what do they tell you to do? They tell you to take care of yourself first and then help any children around you. Honestly, that just shows how bad we are these days. If there’s a six year old child beside me in an airplane and those masks come down, I’d rather save his life rather than my own. I’ve lived a decent life already, he still has his whole life ahead of him. Let’s say you’re a 90 year old grandma and those a 6 year old sitting next to you, to put it on yourself first is just foolish for the same reason as I pointed out above, you’ve lived a long life, if one of you is going to survive and the other isn’t, I’d rather the 6 year old survive. It’s time we start looking at the big picture and not just worrying about the small things in life, but the big impact we can have on this world. So, I challenge you to look at your life and switch to a bigger picture mode instead of a small picture mode. God bless and shine bright.
> Who do you label? Why do we label people?
Honestly, we all label people. Some of the people could include friends, family, co-workers, bosses, and just plain old complete strangers. The more I think about this question, the more labels I come up with for people and the sick feeling comes into my gut. Sometimes I don’t give people a chance to even show themselves to me before I start labeling them, which I feel is the worst. Sometimes I’ve known the people for years and the labels I give them are either to keep me from going insane or to put them in a category I can better understand them. Labels like weirdos, nutters, special, fake, hypocrite, “they need me to treat them this way”, etc. Now there are some good labels like Godly, man of God, awesome, best friend, etc. Those labels are given to the very best of the best though, not to the lowly we find in our paths every single day. So, who do you label and what are those labels you give them? Are they good labels or bad labels?
As for the “Why” part of the question, I think I label others is, like I said above, to put them in categories. Even more so, it’s to make me feel superior to certain people, like I am higher up than they are. I mean more than they do, so I’ll label them like this or like that.
> If you had to put a label on me, what would it say?
> How are we labeled as Christians?
Often, as Christians, we only put on the label of “Christian” when we are at church or with others who we wish to look Godly in front of I believe. If it’s convenient, then yeah….slap that sucker on and let’s get scripture memorizing, worship singing, etc. But when it’s not convenient, I’ll take it off and hope that no one knows that I’m a Christian so I can fly under the radar and not have to talk about my faith to anyone. We want the good, but we don’t want to deal with the uncomfortableness of not being able to answer non-Christians questions or fight for our faith. Can you imagine what would happen if the early Christians lived like a lot of us do? We wouldn’t be around, the message never would’ve reached our ears.
> What are some big negative labels used in the world?
((Some Verses To Check: 2 Corinthians 5:17, Isaiah 62:2, Judges 6, 2 Corinthians 12:9, and Jeremiah 29:11))