John 11:16 (GOD’S WORD Translation) Thomas, who was called Didymus, said to the rest of the disciples, “Let’s go so that we, too, can die with Jesus.”
Peter is forever remembered as the disciple who was distracted by the waves and sunk. Never mind that Peter was the only one of the disciples that actually believed enough to step out of the boat and to actually take several steps on top of the water (See Matthew 14:22-33).
In the same way, Thomas appears to be forever saddled with the label: “Doubting Thomas”, as if he was the only one who has ever struggled with the concept of the resurrection of the dead.
Well, just for the record, it appears that Thomas was also the courageous one who jump-started the disciples to join Jesus on the front lines as he faced the final battle of his earthly ministry.
So the next time you refer to “Doubting Thomas” don’t forget that he was also “Courageous Thomas.”
- The ONE THING for today: Be careful of labeling people. Labels are convenient for categorizing and describing people but they are seldom completely true or fair. It’s never that simple. People can and do change. There’s more to them than a simple label. Better to withhold final judgment on who and what people are until the Final Judgment. In the meantime, if you must offer a description of someone, give them the benefit of the doubt; speak well of them or say nothing.
And by the way, perhaps you are saddled with a label yourself that is incomplete and unfair. Maybe, like with Peter and Thomas, people choose to indentify you with a particular moment/season in your life when you were not at your best. That’s their problem, not yours. That was then, this is now. Move on, move out, believe in yourself and if a label is necessary, you choose the label you want to put upon yourself.
2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV)
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
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