Living Beyond the Label

My mom was one of 6 siblings, and, as often happens in homes with multiple kids, she and her brother and sisters each ended up with a label.  For example, her sister, Babs, was “The Artistic One”.  Laurie was “The Smart One”.  My mom ended up being known as “The Responsible One”.

It wasn’t until much later in her life that my mother discovered her creative, artistic side.  Even though she enjoyed crafting and creating, for a long time she didn’t fully embrace her artsy side. It wasn’t until one of her sisters (the smart one) pointed out that, perhaps, she never really explored her creative abilities because that wasn’t the label she was given.  My mom was living up to a label that was not an accurate reflection of who she was. Once she realized what was going on, she decided to ditch the label and embrace her inner Picasso.

We can all learn a few things from my mom’s story.  First of all, as parents, we need to be very cautious about assigning labels to our kids. We want to help our children discover their gifts and abilities while avoiding boxing them in with a label that oversimplifies who they are as whole human beings.

Secondly, this might be a good time to ask yourself if you have been living up to (or down to) a label that doesn’t fully reflect who you are.  Maybe it’s a negative label you were given by your parents or a teacher: the slow one, the lazy one, the clumsy one.  Or, maybe it’s a role you were given that is not necessarily bad, but it’s not the truth about you.  Either way, even if there is some truth to the label you’ve been given, it is certainly not the whole truth about you, and it may be preventing you from becoming who God created you to be.

 

Tami Rumfelt

Tami Rumfelt

Tami with an i - Afternoon Host at WBFJ fm - Your family station!
I have three awesome kids – Andrew, Carley and Laura. My husband, Alton, is a delivery driver by day with dreams of one day publishing his own comic book. Yes, he is a geek, but I love him anyway.

I have been working at WBFJ since September 2004 when God threw me out of the boat I was riding in and set me on a new and wonderful course. I love co-hosting the morning show, although the lack of sleep does make me a bit loopy at times.

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I have three awesome kids – Andrew, Carley and Laura. My husband, Alton, is a delivery driver by day with dreams of one day publishing his own comic book. Yes, he is a geek, but I love him anyway. I have been working at WBFJ since September 2004 when God threw me out of the boat I was riding in and set me on a new and wonderful course. I love co-hosting the morning show, although the lack of sleep does make me a bit loopy at times. MON-FRI 3P-7P, SAT 3P-6P tami@wbfj.fm