Many of us remember reading this book in our teen years. I’m not sure why it was required reading. Maybe it was a way of discouraging promiscuous behavior. Maybe it should be put on the reading list again. The book was written in a time when labels were very much out there. We have them today as well, but not quite as much stigma is connected with them. The shame of wearing a tag to display your adulterous activity doesn’t happen today – or does it? When someone outwardly exhibits their sins openly, their label doesn’t bring the kind of shame it once did. It isn’t an effective tool and probably wasn’t even in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s day.

Today, most illicit behavior is right out there for all the world to see, hear or read about. In a world of instant news, there is nothing secret or sacred any longer. On the other hand, pride is becoming the seed of human behavior and it often leads to destruction. Pride is defined as a high or inordinate opinion of one’s own dignity, importance, merit, or superiority, whether as cherished in the mind or as displayed in conduct.  It’s easy to get caught up in those thoughts because we live in a world that is often considered “THE ME GENERATION.”

What would others think of us if they knew what was lurking in the deep, dark corners of our hearts?  How would we appear if all our sins were displayed like they were in “The Scarlet Letter” for all the world to see?  We all have hidden thoughts, desires and things we don’t want people to know about us – the ugly side of us. Only God knows our inner conflict. He knows our struggles and fears, but He still loves us in spite of it. We have been cleaned up – all labels have been erased by His own Son – we no longer wear the badge of SINNER on our chests. His unconditional love looks beyond our sin and sees the ransom – paid in full.

“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.” Philippians 2:3



As I reach the end of my years, I find I have a lot of good information stored up in this old decrepit mind of mine. If I don't write it all down, it may vanish and no one will have the advantage of my thoughts. This is why this blog exists. I love the Lord, Jesus with all my heart and soul. I know I'm undeserving of all He's done for me, but I also know that His love is beyond my comprehension. I've always wanted to write. I never kept diaries, but tucked my thoughts in my head for future reference. I use them now in creating stories, plays, poetry and my blog. I continue to learn every day. I believe the compilation of our time spent with God will have huge affect on the way we live. I know I'm a sinner and I need a Savior. I have One through Jesus, Christ. My book, "Stages - a memoir," is about the seven stages of life from the perspective of a woman. It addresses all the things girls and women go through in life as they travel it with Jesus, and it is available on
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4 Responses to LABELS – TRUE OR FALSE?

  1. Yayyy, Jesus sets us free from all those labels! It’s a huge problem in our modern world because on one hand it looks like labels have lost their meaning, but on the other hand, we have become nothing but labels and stereotypes.

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  2. Linda Lee Adams/Lady Quixote says:

    How times have changed . . . and yet, sinful human nature remains the same. I have a Puritan ancestor, a woman, who was publicly whipped in the 1600s for committing adultery. I believe the whipping occurred in Plymouth Colony. Hard to imagine, today!

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    • says:

      The whole story about the Salem witch trials is much the same. One man had stones laid upon his back one by one until the weight became unbearable. Times have certainly changed, but the wrongdoing has only gotten worse.

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