The Dirty Label:


It was in exactly the same way the people of the city woke up that morning...

... in high and cheerful spirits, ready to begin the day, that the T-shirt at the apparels store also woke up.
The sun woke up and said hello, and the T-shirt replied in the same excitable fashion. In fact, it got more excited when the big double doors were pushed open and the people came in like a swarm of bees. And so, it stretched and became poised to show off its designer's label. It was a classic design, skillfully woven together by the best of the best. It was confident that someone rich and famous, or just anyone with a sense of style and an extreme taste for quality would stop, stare at it, and then wisely add it to his or her shopping cart. It only made sense.

So, the people came and yes, they did touch it. In fact, they touched it a little bit too much. Someone smiled at it, another made a gesture towards it, and oh, can you imagine? Someone even smelled its fabric. But the funny thing was that no one actually put it in their shopping cart. No one! Rather, as a woman fondled and selected its neighbor, it was cast down and trampled upon by her dirty heels. So it was that in the same morning it was transformed from a very clean label to a dirty one. Oh, did I tell you that more people came by? But no one picked it up. They kept stepping on it. They kept ignoring it.

The end of the day came and the moon came to say hello too. This time the shirt did not respond. It felt neglected, as though its high expectations had been severely dashed. But just then, the owner of the store came to put things in order. And so, his eyes caught this T-shirt looking dejected on the floor. So he picked it up. He dusted it and took it to a secret place for washing and renewing. "Tomorrow, you will look even more amazing," he whispered to it, even as he transformed the shirt to the glory it deserved.

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Today, I woke up at about 6.30am in the morning while the sun wasn't even up. Didn't get a chance to say 'hello' to the sun. Lol. But at least God said hello. He asked me if I knew what getting dirty meant? Yes, getting dirty as in being trampled upon and maybe being splashed with some elements of very dirty musty mud.

This year, some will get really dirty for God. It is such a great dream to be unique, to be peculiar, and to count for something MORE (just like the last post of this blog). But it's a process. You have to be willing to let go of everything and everyone. You have to be willing to lose something to gain something more precious. You have to be willing to get dirty. Trampled upon.

There are a lot of paradoxes with our Creator. Some may think that the way up is to climb a flight of stairs, but in God's dictionary the way up is actually down. And after you've gone down to do the dirty work, the end thereof will be blessings and rewards, a better glory than your past. Are you willing to be a label? Even more than that, are you willing to risk being called the "dirty label?"

"Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it," Jesus in Matthew 10:39

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28 comments:

Olufunke said...

True talk!
I cringe at the thought of 'getting dirty' labelled ' being 'trampled on' , but the truth about God is that He sometimes waits ...until we get to the point when we are totally 'dependent on him, and no longer full of overselves

Like they say 'when we're down to nothing, God is up to something'

I pray I would continually have it that at the back of my mind....'the way to gain my life is to loose it'
Thanks for this post!
you write beautifully well.......love the T-shirt greeting the sun analogy

Kafo said...

mercy i love the way you write
thank you for this beautiful reminder

Remi, United Kingdom said...

3rrrrd.. I'm moving up in d world oh.. lol well done for this post Jaycee.. Let me go construct proper comment :-))))

Remi, United Kingdom said...

This post just confirmed to me the reason why I have been feeling the way I do, and what I was speaking to a friend of might about yesterday.. the bit you wrote

"But it's a process. You have to be willing to let go of everything and everyone. You have to be willing to lose something to gain something more precious. You have to be willing to get dirty. Trampled upon."

I know what I need to do now.. wow...enlightment..eeeeeeeeeeeek..
Thank you Jaycee for ur obedience and for sharing this....
Much love...

Funms-the rebirth said...

seems God is trying to give me msg cuz i keep going to different blogs, web sites and write ups telling me to let everything go and let God use me completely....... thanks for this

adebanji said...

Now this is a bit too deep BUT at the same time we just have to learn some of these vital truths!

The poets voice ~~~ said...

This is so true, thanx for the reminder.
When we come to the end of ourselves that's when God begings with us.
May God give me the grace to lose my life that i may truly gain life.

seye said...

Here comes the haunting of the T-shirts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yeah, we need to talk Jaycee!!!!! Can you give me your number.

Next, one of my all-time favorites is playing in the background- CONSUME ME by DCTalk!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Next, DO YOU COMPOSE THESE STORIES??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

eclecticsoul said...

this story is something else. beautiful. sometimes i feel like that t-shirt, it helps to know you're not alone, and there is a purpose.

~Sirius~ said...

Wow................how is it your posts always speak to me?
The sacrifice part scares me, but I've learnt that we can live without things we think we can't live without.

simeone said...

my o my,j, ....if i didn't know berra , woulda said you are reading my mind...
i'm in the very middle of this stuff..

Vera Ezimora said...

S'up darling. Been a minute since I stopped by. Been sooo busy. Take care now...

Lady A said...

I would have been the one to smell it, lol!

JideSalu's Diary said...

Bravo, Bravo....

Simply excellent.

Reverence said...

hmmm hmm hmm. this is the kind of talk that makes you want to jump and shout( its the potter house influence, we jump and shout when we hear good word)

so why have i been looking at wedding gowns now?

Jinta said...

as usual, excellent and real

Emeka Amakeze said...

I love the way you write and of course, this post speaks the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

Mimi said...

i love you hun

:)

u clearly haven't missed me :( :(

anyway.

merci for the post.

as always, on point!

Uzo said...

Happy new year Hon...How are you doing? How have you been?

wellsbaba said...

I av counted evytin loss for d excellency of d lord jesus christ pul said...God alwais waits till we r at wits end so we can dpend on him long tym friend

Buttercup said...

truly inspiring as always..

happy new year!

Oyin said...

Losing something to gain something ...hmmm, sounds about right...cos everything I lose something I gain it elsewhere.

Oyin said...

Dont know if Ive been here before but I just came to show some luv girly...

how are you??

Afrobabe said...

Did you write this urself???

Then you and I have to talk....seems we will be in that my publications department together...

Jaycee said...

Olufunke...yes o...when we're down to nothing, God is up to something. I do like the T-shirt thing too...lol.

Kafo...:)

Remi...the 'trampled upon' part is absolutely crazy. But it's on...we must loose this wretched life to gain something more precious...

Funms...you just never know...God speaks in so many ways...

Adebanji...yes, we do...how are you doing wonderful painter?

The poet's voice...Amen, I say that prayer for myself as well...hmmm...deep sturvs!

Seye...LOLLLL...Oh wow, for real...the T-shirt...whataguan? Yes o, it seems as though we have the same music taste...light rock...:)

eclecticsoul...tell me about feeling like that T-shirt...lol.

Sirius...you're right about sacrifices...it's just like fasting...we can get used to letting go actually...

Simeone...hmmmmmmmm....hmmmmm...

Vera...busy woman. Tell all those people that you don't know why they're searching your blog for all the wrong reasons...lol...had a good laugh from that today.

Lady A...lolll...

JideSalu...thank uuuu! :)

Reverence...I have Valentine's day gist...lol.

Jinta...thanks Jinta. How na?

Emeka...wow, thank God o.

Mimi...awww...dropped u a line today...Mwah!

Uzo....yayyyyyy...how r u??? I've missed your writings o...I'm doing great, thanks. :)

Wellsbaba...there's an atom of truth in what you've said...

Oyin...I like the way you put it..."every time you lose something, you gain it somewhere else." So true...lol.

Afrobabe...ha ha haaaa...funny enough sef we already dey for d same department! (just joined somn like that this yr)...

doll said...

nicely written. nice blog

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Sting said...

Okay Jaycee..... I didn't read the whole post but i continued to be fascinated by the way you write.