The dictionary defines the word indelible as “impossible to remove or forget” and “lasting, unforgettable and memorable“. It can be used to reference something you see, as in “That Broadway play left an indelible impression on me”. It can reference a place you go to, as in “The trip we took to Mexico was my family’s most indelible experience”. Another way this word is used is to describe a person, as in “I met the most amazing person. He left an indelible mark on my life”.
Indelible is a medium-sized word with a gigantic sized meaning. This word took on a whole new meaning for me this weekend after an encounter that awed, inspired and humbled me. This encounter was orchestrated not by myself but by a much higher power than me. The person I met had such a profound impact on me and the other people who were with me that he has changed our lives. He made an indelible mark on us all.
I used the word indelible when writing back to this person after our meeting. Afterwards I thought about the word more. I thought about it a lot. It occurred to me that indelible could have a much farther reaching meaning than the definitions above. It could be applied to us as a whole–the entire human race.
What I mean by that is this; we ALL matter in this world. Not one single person alive is better or worse than another. No one is higher or lower than another. No one is superior or inferior. We are ALL THE SAME. That’s how we were made….on the same level. I do not believe that when we were created by God that He said “Oh, I think I’ll make Johnny over here a much better person than Billy. And Susie, she will most definitely be better than Mary”. Nope. That did not happen. We were all created equal. Just because Johnny may own a million dollar mansion and Billy sleeps under the overpass does not mean that Johnny matters more. It also doesn’t mean that Billy matters less. Just because Susie is a Nobel prize-winning scientist and Mary is a single mother on welfare does not mean that Susie matters more. Mary matters just as much as Susie does.
A big problem with society is that the way we see people and label them has a much deeper impact than we realize. When we place a label on a person we are pigeon-holing them into a category. We tear people down instead of lifting them up. We pass judgement on them. I’ve said before that no one has the right to judge you for what you’ve done until they strap on your boots and walk up that mountain you’re trying so hard to climb. I dare anyone to judge me until they’re climbing that mountain in my hiking boots with bloodied hands trying so very hard to cling to the jagged rocks. No one knows what you have gone through and what you are going through. God is the only one who can judge us, no one else. Period.
While I was rolling the word indelible around in my head today it occurred to me that we need a new label for every person on this planet. We need to get rid of all the negative labels and replace them with a positive label. That word is INDELIBLE. We need to start a movement…..THE INDELIBLE MOVEMENT. Every person alive needs to know that they are indeed impossible to remove or forget, lasting, unforgettable and memorable. They need to know that they’ve made a difference in other people’s lives, no matter what they may think of themselves. They do matter. They matter one million percent. They are……indelible.