John 9:8 (NKJV) Therefore the neighbors and those who previously had seen that he was blind said, “Is not this he who sat and begged?”
There will always be people in your life who have trouble not seeing you how you use to be.
To our parents we will always partially be “daddy’s little girl” or “mommy’s little boy”.
To our old high school or college friends we will always be that care-free student.
This is not necessarily bad.
But the danger is allowing old labels to define you now.
Being “daddy’s little girl” or “mommy’s little boy” is ok occasionally, but surrendering your right to self-determination as an adult to a controlling parent is bad.
Getting together with old friends and reminiscing about the good ole days can be therapeutic; but getting trapped in a time-warp and never really growing up is bad news.
Worse yet, even after Jesus has radically changed your life there will always be people who have trouble not seeing you how you used to be.
For some people, old labels stick; they refuse to change them.
Oh they may concede that you are saved and will go to Heaven, but no matter how radically-changed you are, in some people eyes you will always be that “blind man who sat and begged.”
This is just a fact of life. So what are you going to do about it?
Will you continue to surrender to other people’s labels and let that define you or will you make 2016 the year you begin to live up to your potential?
The past is real—very real. You can’t ignore it but you can bury it. Oh occasionally you will go back and reflect on that past (not a bad thing), but it’s time for you move out of the graveyard of the past and begin the new life Jesus purchased for you with his death.
- The ONE THING for today: I resolve in 2016 to not be defined by old labels. Instead, I will bury the guilt and burden of the past and give my energy and focus to becoming all that I can be in Christ.
2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV)
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.