I recently got a new haircut. This isn’t such a big deal for most people but for me, I rarely go to the Hairdresser. My hair just grows long and I have a friend help me cover up my grey regrowth.
So just the fact I went to an officially qualified hairdresser was a big enough deal in my calendar. The fact I got my hair cut shorter than it’s been in 20 years was an even bigger deal.
It’s always interesting to see the response you get from people when you have done something significantly different. To begin with I can at least state that my husband did notice. That may show you what a significant change it actually was!
A number of people commented on how much had been taken off and the style of cut is received. But it was one comment that stuck with me.
A young lady noticed my hair and immediately announced, “Oh, you’ve gone the mum look!” While it took my 12 years to become a natural mother I should have been proud of this comment. But I wasn’t. It made me feel old and dawdy. And yet this young lady’s hair wasn’t much longer than mine.
As I keep replaying that comment over and over in my head I’ve had to think why it pushed my buttons so much. I guess deep down inside I still feel young and cool. And yet my external image maybe saying something else.
Regardless, you still don’t like hearing it.
As I’ve reflected however I’ve felt God say to me that He doesn’t put me in a box. He doesn’t label us according to what other people think of us. The only labels God puts on us is “loved”, “forgiven”, “powerful”, and “mine”.
Let’s not focus on what others say of us but celebrate all that God sees in us.
Lord, thank you for your unconditional love and grace. Amen.
What other labels does God give you?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.