Rising Above Labels

Miss K has started talking and it is quite interesting to watch. Wonder weeks are amazing. They test your limits, especially at night, and then one day you wake up with a new milestone. This past wonder week had her giving us stories in the middle of the night. It is almost as though she woke up and her tongue was loosed.

It is a learning process for us all, we are trying to figure out her new vocabulary. As we’ve listened to her talk we have realized that when we talk there is what we say, what she hears and what she says.

Reading books has become more interactive. She is able to recognize the illustrated items and name them. We are enjoying this stage.

Last week I introduced you to our beloved Sheep.


Sheep really enjoyed Christmas. Ksena made sure that Sheep was not left behind at meal times. It turns out, her finger food is also a favourite (:

She has a sticker of a Monkey in her room that really makes her happy. So, every morning after she says hi to Sheep, ‘Mankee’ is greeted ecstatically. About two weeks ago, she saw a black and white Monkey hanging in a shop at the mall and she was so excited. Everyone who cared to listen was told that she could see a ‘Mankee’ . She is such a precious soul, this one.

When we got home that day, Sheep who is now called ‘Eep’ by the way, got a new name. You guessed right, ‘Mankee’. We had to explain to her that Monkey and Sheep are both black and white but they are different animals. Monkeys swing on trees and like bananas, while Sheep walk on land and like to graze. A few days later, she finally got it. Eep and Mankee are happily coexisting now, as two separate entities.



As I reflected on this, God really ministered to me. It is human nature for people to assign labels to people. For various reasons, it is possible to believe good and bad labels and question yourself and existence. I know that I have fallen in to this trap one too many times. I have felt inadequate because I couldn’t swing on trees yet I was created to make wool for people to keep warm.

In retrospect, I realize that it was such folly. But I’m wiser now. Wise enough to know who I am in God. Wise enough to be content being a sheep and strive to be the best sheep I can ever be.

I don’t know how your year has been, what good and bad labels you have believed. As you take stock of the year and plan for the next one, I encourage you to ask God to show you who you are, who He says you are. Accept yourself as you are; own your calling; let God love on you as you are and rise up to be everything that He created you to be. He loves you, He sees you and He hears you.


Leave envy behind and forge ahead to fullness of life.






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