Updated: Feb 3, 2019

You're not your label. You're not your name. You're not your personal perception of yourself. You're not other's perception of you. You're not. It's simple, you're a child of God. You're perfectly and wonderfully made. Crafted by the hands that designed our universe from nothing. We get so caught up in ourselves. Our labels, our names, our reputation and our thoughts, but these ideas are nothing but a tool for the Lord.

I usually start introductions with, "Hi, I'm Sydney Gilliam. I'm from Hendersonville, NC and I play volleyball at the University of Georgia." These things are true, but they aren't me...they aren't the most important parts of me. And most of the time we make quick judgements on how someone introduces themselves as if two sentences could define a person, how ignorant.

Stay with me please, our joy is a gift from the Lord. A gift, the Lord is the only person who can truly satisfy and truly sustain us. However, we lose sight of this when we place our hopes of joy in the hands of our career, our work, our family, our fleshly desires. I hope you're tracking with me here because this is very important. There is nothing wrong with the Dr., Mrs. or Mr. preceding your name and there is no shame in QB, CPA or President becoming a medal for your name. These are praises, these are blessings, but they must be used as such. God knew from the second you were born that you were going to be John Doe, CEO. To be the CEO is such an honor, but I dare you to rely on that title to sustain you. You will crumble and you will fail.

Would you like to know the answer on, "How not to fail."? Well, here it is, use your title as a tool. Husbands, Wives, Moms, Dads, Sons, Daughters, Janitors, Presidents, Bank Tellers...I'm calling on ALL of you. Use what you do to honor the Lord.

Philippians 4:8 says, "Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable -- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy -- think about such things."

I think this is the first step in using our jobs and our lives to honor the Lord. We must purify our minds and purge all of our evil thoughts.

Colossians 3:23 "Whatever you do, work at it with all of your heart, as for working for the Lord, not human masters."

If this verse doesn't light you up then good for you, you're hopefully following through with this verse. However, if you're like me then you probably got this little weird feeling in your stomach and you're like whelp...I just got called out.

May I remind you, that we are not our own. When we declared or decide to declare that Jesus is our Savior, then we chose to kill our old selves and to take up our cross. I'm so thankful I made that decision, gah lee I'm in desperate need of our Lord.

Have you surrendered all to Christ? Have you said, "Take my job, for it is yours," Infiltrate my marriage, for it is yours," "Overcome my mind, for it is yours," "guard my tongue, for it is yours?"

I encourage you to pray on this and continually surrender to the Lord in all that we do. We are not others perceptions, we are not our labels and we are not our thoughts, but if you continue your battle for control over your life then that's what you're fighting for.

The Lord is fighting for you, will you let him embrace you?

All my best,

Sydney Loren Gilliam

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