Monday, January 24, 2011

What's your sign?

While driving through a construction zone the other day, I noticed one of the workers directing traffic. This particular worker was holding the sign that said 'Slow'. I looked into his eyes as I drove by and noticed that he seemed to have a defeated look (perhaps because he drew the short straw and was on the traffic detail). I thought to myself, 'Oh, that's too bad. You're holding a sign that says you're slow...' then giggled to myself at the silly idea.

But it's not a silly idea, really. We hold up signs all the time. Ever seen someone who holds a 'Worthless' sign? What about an 'Afraid' sign? Or an 'Angry' sign? Of course we don't physically hold up the sign, but all too often we will let these characteristics precede us. Some signs not only not only express what we feel but who we feel we are. 'Unemployed', 'Divorced', 'Adulterer', 'Alcoholic', 'Drop out'...the list goes on and on. Our signs are as diverse as we are.

The places we've been and the choices we've made play a part in the kind the people we are. But that's not where the story ends! Our experiences may set the stage but they do not define us. Having a failed marriage does not make you a failed person. Losing a job doesn't mean you're just a loser. These are signs we hold ourselves. God didn't create us to have a spirit of failure and regret, He created us to glorify Him. How do we do that? By allowing God to be strong in our weakness. Despite our failures, God will still use our bad choices and silly mistakes for His good. He will replace the sign that you hold with a banner that reflects His truth. 'Chosen'. 'Loved'. 'Worthy'.

So, what's your sign? Are you letting bad choices and insecurity define you? Or are you holding high the banner that God has given you? If not, maybe it's time for a change...

Be blessed,

“Let him lead me to the banquet hall, and let his banner over me be love.” Song of Solomon 2:4


Anonymous said...

Congrats on 100 awesome blog post Jenn!
God bless you for blessing others w/ your encouraging and inspiring words!
love ~ Ang

Unknown said...

I always enjoy reading your thoughts May God bless you as He leads you to 100 more!

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