When buying food, one thing you SHOULD do is check the nutrition label. It tells all about the hidden things that you might not know is inside the food you are buying. You might be thinking the product is healthy, but one look at the label and you would know better. Looking at labels is essential to eating healthy and physical fitness. Avoiding sugars and sodium are two important rules to remember. Sugar of course leading to fat, and sodium one of the biggest causes of bloating (a girl’s worst enemy).
When it comes to spiritual fitness however, going by a label can be one of the most dangerous things you can do. What label am I talking about? The one on the outside of YOU. In the past I have had the hardest time with this and is one reason I have had a battle with staying on track with my physical fitness.
“Hello my name is..”
For a long time there would be a lot of negative words to follow that phrase for me. Anxious, easily angered, selfish, quitter, fake. I was taking what others thought, told, and have labeled me and put it right on the outside of the box of my life. I took what the Devil tried to make me think was on the inside of me for truth. Dangerous.
Why is this so dangerous? Because this is all false. Every negative thought comes from the Devil and is not truth. Just because you have quit your workout and diet before doesn’t mean you are a “quitter”. It means you messed up and good news, you have another shot. You might have done selfish things instead of laying yourself down for your friends in the past, but that doesn’t mean you are “selfish”. It means you have another day to prove your friendship.
Going by the label that others give you can make you think that what you have on the inside is no good. God says different. You are His masterpiece. “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10.
You are made of good, perfection in the eyes of the Lord. Putting a label on yourself can discourage you from sticking with this journey to become fit for Him. Your label should say “forgiven, transformed, renewed, strong in Christ, pure”. Challenge yourself to see the good in yourself. Put God’s label on your life. Every day is a new day to be what He has perfectly made you to be.
A great song that describes this is “Hello, My Name Is” -Matthew West.
When people look at your nutrition label make sure they see what God has put inside of you.