Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Do you have a nickname? Do you like or hate it?

The business of nicknames is fascinating.  How we acquire or give nicknames makes absolutely no sense and there seems to be no direct correlation between logic and life-long nicknames.

Does it sound like I struggle with nicknames?  Maybe it has something to do with my elementary gym teacher who would call me ‘Scat’ (he was French Acadian), a nickname that would follow me for far too many years.  I hated that nickname.

Labels are similar but different than nicknames.  A label often accurately or fictionally describes a product, object or person.  People are labeled based on how they look, talk, dress, a friend, spouse, body size, gender, rich, poor, intelligence, lack of intelligence, beliefs, race, politics or birthplace, naming just a few.

Eventually, if the label associated with a person sticks long enough it begins to become reality.  If it’s a positive label that’s a good thing but what if it’s a negative or degrading label?  Seeds of doubt start to take root and soon questions turn to belief.

I happen to believe that God is BIGGER than any label.  The only label I want is the one God gives me!

This Sunday @ 9:30am or 11am in Kentville we’re looking at how Mary realized God was far BIGGER than any label.

– Pastor Scott (Lead Pastor)