Saturday, May 31, 2014

Hello, My Name Is

Right now I'm taking psychiatric mental health nursing and as part of my clinical hours I have to attend three AA meetings.

Before I get started, please understand my heart here. I'm not bashing AA. I think AA helps many people. I just saw something there that broke my heart.

When I went last week I went alone, and everyone treated me so well. I was welcomed and invited in.

It only took about five minutes for my heart to hurt.

Because as each person introduces themselves they have to say..

"Hello, my name is _____ and I'm an alcoholic."

And just like that, they are labeled for life. I never understood until I sat in a meeting that these people see themselves as alcoholics for the rest of their lives. There were people there who had been sober for 20+ years and they still said, "Hello, my name is _____ and I'm an alcoholic."

I wanted to say, No. Just no. You may have struggled with this addiction but Jesus is so much greater. You are not what you have done. You are what He did for you on the cross.

I started thinking.. what if everywhere I introduced myself I said, "Hello, my name is Carrington and I had sex before I was married and had a baby at eighteen years old."

It sounds so silly but the truth is, we walk around like this every day. We walk around labeling ourselves constantly.

Yours may not be alcohol. Yours may not be pre-marital sex. Yours may be drugs. Yours may be adultery. Yours may be a judgmental attitude. Yours may be lying. Yours may be murder.

And you walk around saying to yourself, "Hello, my name is _____, I did this, and I'll never be better than my sins." You walk around defeated every day because you don't think Jesus' sacrifice could ever be greater than what you've done.

You're spending your days labeling yourself as worthless, less than, inferior. You're spending every second of your time labeling yourself as not good enough, broken, dirty.

But I'm here to tell you, take the label off. Drop the baggage. Accept the grace that is so freely given to you by a precious Savior. Stop living in the past.

Jesus came to earth, perfect and blameless so that you wouldn't have to walk around in the shame of the past and the brokenness of your sin. He died so that you wouldn't have to carry the regret and the pain. He rose again so that you would be free in Him no matter what you've done or who you've been.

So today drop the labels and live under Grace.

To the person with a drinking problem, you're a child of The King. To the drug addict, you're a child of The King. To the mom who lost her temper, you're a child of The King. To the one struggling with porn, you're a child of The King. To the one who was raped, you're a child of The King. To the single mom, the child from a broken home, and the one who feels invisible.. You're a child of The King.

"Hello, my name is Carrington and I'm a daughter of The King."