Label Jars, not People…

Predictive text sometimes has interesting results, it’s given me a new name – ‘Granola’!
How did that happen?
Well, I’m a grandma, but as I feel the name doesn’t quite fit, I’m known as Granna (fusing Grandma & Joanna).
So last week when my daughter messaged me on behalf of her baby girl and began ‘Hello Granna’, predictive text re-named me ‘Granola’.

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It made me laugh, but it also made me think – do we sometimes operate along the lines of predictive text when we apply labels to people?
Recently a friend and I were enjoying a catch up, and we got talking about how to answer a question we both dislike – ‘So what do you do?’
Truth is, I feel inadequate when I’m asked this. It can be difficult if you don’t fit into a neat box with a clear label.
People at all stages of life, and in all sorts of circumstances, fall into this category:
the stay-at-home parent, the out-of-paid-work person, the round-the-clock carer, or the person who lives with a long-term-health-condition, being just some.
Sometimes of course, the ‘What do you do?’ question can be asked with interest and answers received non-judgementally. There may even be affirmation of the gifts and attributes that are being put to good use.
But other times it can feel like conclusions are leapt to, like predictive text.

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Label jars… not people

I guess we all judge and we all label. Psychologists report that we form opinions of others within seconds.
There’s nothing wrong in this, providing that we allow ‘growing room’ that allows our opinions to be changed and expanded as we get to know someone.
And maybe we should apply the same ‘growing room’ allowance to ourselves, for a well lived life is a developing life!

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I feel sorry that God often gets a bad press as the ultimate labeller, as ‘the man who damns’.
I believe that nothing could be further from the truth.
I believe that God believes in us, and longs for us to realise our true potential, in all senses of the word!
That’s sometimes easier said than done, but as the saying goes

‘If you always do what you’ve always done,
you’ll always get what you’ve always got’.

Truth is… The Lord will take delight in you, and in his love he will give you new life’ Zephaniah 3:17

 

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