What Brand Are You? By Beth Olson

As children, we tend to absorb labels. Our parents should be the ones who brand us with good words, calling us up into our destinies. In many cases our parents carried negative labels themselves and had no clue how to brand us or that it was even part of their job description.

 Some common labels are:

  • scatterbrained
  • shy
  • dumb
  • lazy
  • below average
  • dramatic
  • stubborn
  • clumsy
  • accident prone

Maybe a doctor or other “professional” labeled you with:

  • ADHD
  • DID
  • PTSD or some other series of letters

These labels do not have the power to define you forever unless you let them.

  • You can move beyond your childhood and be a powerful adult.
  • You were a child then. You are not now. You are an adult.
  • You really can throw off all those old labels from when you were a child and embrace new labels.
  • You have generations of ancestors cheering you on!

Hebrews 12:1 NASB:
Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us. 

 Key Idea!
You do not have to be who you have always been. 

Key Strategy:
Who do you need to be in order to do what you want to do? Put it into one sentence. Put it in your reminders in your phone and set the alarm to go off at a certain time each day. Read it out loud each day. Do it until it feels true and natural.

1 Corinthians 13:11:
When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things.


The Time My Son Almost Had A Brain Tumor

A few years ago, our oldest son started experiencing bouts of extreme dizziness and ringing in his ears along with some hearing loss.  After consulting with doctors, it was determined that he needed to have an MRI.  Basically, they needed to check to see if he had a brain tumor.

Wow, that was unsettling.  It is so hard to go through these kinds of tests when you have to do so much waiting.  It’s like they say, “This is really serious; go home and wait and wait and wait until we find time to help you out.”

I remember ironing clothes and fighting this mental battle at the same time.  I had to choose to put the thought of cancer aside and think about other things.  It’s like I actually imagined in my mind pushing the worrying thoughts over to the side and bringing thoughts of things I could control into the center.

The MRI did come back clear, and he was diagnosed with Meniere’s disease. Miraculously his hearing loss has been restored!

Jesus gives us peace as a gift.  He also commands us to not let our hearts be troubled. Sometimes not letting your heart be troubled requires you to fight.

Peace is not the absence of war.

If you fear, you can’t hear.  If you allow your heart to be troubled you won’t be able to hear the whisper of Holy Spirit as He guides you in your life choices.

 John 14:27
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.

From One Christ Follower To Another,

Beth L. Olson is an Author/Blogger helping leaders live in peace. She posts a blog each Monday morning to get you set up for a successful start to your week. (bethlolson.com)

Her parents were missionaries with YWAM (www.ywam.org) when she was growing up. They lived in Louisiana, Texas, Mexico, and Central America. When Beth was 19, she joined YWAM’s Mercy Ships (www.mercyships.org) South Pacific for about a year.

Shortly afterwards she got married to her best friend, Christopher Olson and started filling their home with little people. They have four kids, Judah, Levi, Elijah, and Zoe.

In 2002, God called them to Ankeny, Iowa to support Christopher’s brother, Dave Olson, who had just become the senior pastor of Heartland Church (heartlandchurchonline.com). They consider it an honor to be a part of the Heartland Church family.