What was your first thought when you read today's title?  Did you immediately go to consumer labels?  Athletic equipment, clothing, and shoes are known for their labels.  We all know the wearer of a swoosh is wearing Nike.  There are also labels on clothing--the first one that comes to mind is the polo player---no explanation needed.  Many famous brands--the latest and greatest--are known for their innovative labels.  THAT IS NOT the type of label to which I am referring.

One of the things I sometimes scroll through on line is Reels.  Short videos with sometimes interesting content--most of the time---you just keep on scrolling.  Recently I came across a college graduation speech which hit the note of truth for me.  Given by one of the graduates, for someone so young, she has already suffered life altering situations.  In her time coming back from her BIG physical injury, she did some soul searching to determine who she now was with her limitations.  It was inspiring, thought provoking and beyond her age wise.  It was impressive enough that I made a few notes I would like to share with you today.

Her question was "Who am I beyond my labels?"  A collegiate athlete who not only suffered a sport's career ending injury, but was questioning if she would be able to graduate college after a severe brain injury.  Her world was rocked off its foundations.      In my personal opinion, her speech was not only inspiring, but probably one of the greatest things she has done or will ever do.  She had to back up and think again after losing all the labels she held so dear.  She had to look beyond those labels and letters we like to cling to and throw around in an effort to impress.  She had to decide who she was--deep down--below the surface.  She came up with three questions which are profound and I hope you will take the time to think them over personally.




After listening to the short reel and making a note of the questions, I began to consider how this plays not only into our identity in the physical world, but also, more profoundly, in our spiritual identity.  I invite you to pause and answer the questions.  Consider if you are satisfied with your identity----after you are brutally honest with your answers.  AND then, consider this young woman~ who had her entire world turned upside down and forever altered~ made lemonade from lemons by pausing to consider.  SUCH AN INSPIRATION!

"For we are His workmanship,
created in Christ Jesus for good works,
which God prepared beforehand,
what we should walk in them."
Ephesians 2:10


  1. Inspiring, indeed, Lulu, and we should all be willing to reassess where our true values are. Are they in this world or the next?
    Blessings to you for sharing this young woman's courage and honesty!

    1. I was so amazed at her wisdom at her age. She has learned well from the school of struggle .


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