Marked and Labeled
Sunday morning church service four years ago, I have no recollection of the message that day but when the topic was given my laser like focus went straight out the window. My brain unintentionally started to wander; the topic of the message was Marked and Labeled. I started to think about situations that I had been in as well as conversations that I had either participated in or just sat back and listened to. Oh if only I had a dime for every time someone said,” No offense to you but,” I thought about organizing a group of teens and naming the group Marked and Labeled but I wanted a twist, sorta like a plot twist. You see I wanted people to see an unexpected change or just change the way they see things and other people. At that time I struggled with my plot twist so that idea slid out the window with my laser-like focus.
Time has passed but the conversations that I listen to have not changed only the characters participating. At some point and time we have all been Marked and Labeled and we have all Marked and Labeled. From where I stand, looking through my rose colored, heart shaped glasses with both eyes wide open; some of us have been Marked and Labeled a whole heck of a lot more than others.
I am a woman, Marked and Labeled. I am African American Marked and Labeled. Single never married, Marked and Labeled, dropped out of college, Marked and Labeled and a cosmologist Marked and Labeled. There is a great deal of division in this world and, a dividing among people, and a lot of broken relationships. What do we do to mend us back together? To those of you who continue to say, “No offense to you but,” I say none taken. I’m past offenses. Plot twist!
Instead of creating something for just a few I decided to create for the masses by placing Marked and Labeled on the first T-shirt of the custom line. I ask that you wear this shirt in love of change. Change the way you see yourself and change the way you see others.
It’s time to create a new story a positive story. What is our plot twist?