"A label is a soul-tattoo that is ingrained deep in our hearts, so much so that it determines how we see ourselves, And how we see ourselves determines how we live... A destructive label leads to a destructive life. There is a soul thief, a dark enemy, who wants to nail ruinous labels to your heart so that he can steal your life. Jesus wants to give you life giving labels that release your potential for the good of the world. " -Derwin L. Gray
I love that Derwin addresses David, the boy, as living in a valley of sheep. Not just because I am addicted to wool and knitting....okay, maybe that has a lot to do with why I love that phrase. BUT the valley of sheep is where David faithfully did the task given him. He watched sheep, not knowing it was a training ground. He was a shepherd, a protector and defender, and a worshiper. His focus was not on himself. This meant when he was needed to serve His Nation and His God, his focus was not on his own limitations.
" David was motivated by God's glory and empowered by His strength. He had faith in God's past faithfulness to him. God wants His glory to inspire you. He created you to do something unique for His glory. He wants to be your strength as you fulfill that task. When you live in fear, you limit the impact of what God desires to accomplish through you." -Derwin L. Gray
Not only are there wonderful scriptural refrences and excellent devotional material to meditate on, Derwin ends each chapter with an action to challenge you to DO SOMETHING. Derwin will move you to "marinate" on a thought, or sieze a moment for transformation as you read this book.
Derwin affirms who it is that Messiah says you are. Loved, Chosen, Free, Forgiven... and encourages you to live under those labels. This book is an excellent source of encouragement and exhortation to live an abundant life.
"We begin to see ourselves as God sees us and when that happens, everything changes. Life becomes limitless."
Tenth Ave. North has a song that is very fitting to this book review, You Are More:
You are more than the choices that you've made,
You are more than the sum of your past mistakes,
You are more than the problems you create,
You've been remade.
'Cause this is not about what you've done,
But what's been done for you.
This is not about where you've been,
But where your brokenness brings you to
This is not about what you built,
But what He built to forgive you,
And what He built to make you know.