Salt & Light: How We Look
Jesus calls us to be the salt and the light of the world, but 'shining our light for all to see' feels extremely daunting, and especially difficult at school. This Salt & Light series is created to inspire you to be the salt and light wherever you are placed.Today Katie is writing for us on image, and how we can find our identity in something bigger than the things we wear or the way we look. This is the first post to have ever mentioned Non Uniform day - and I think it is long overdue! Enjoy, and learn lots. L x
One of the ways our school raises money for charity is Non Uniform days: this is when you pay a pound to wear your own clothes to school. This sounds like a great idea - however at my school (and I'm guessing at yours too), it's turned into a judgement day.
As you walk into school each girl will give you a look up and down to see if they approve of what you are wearing, silently judging you and comparing you to themselves. I know that I also do this without thinking, making a mental note in my head of whether I look better of worse than somebody else in what I am wearing.
So often I end up wishing I was wearing something different or looking like someone else because they have a nicer figure than me. Have you ever felt like this?
Whether you are happy with the way you look or not every single one of us was "knitted together in our mother's womb" by the Creator of the universe, our Heavenly Father. And He did so with love and care because each one of us is "fearfully and wonderfully made." (Psalm 139:13-14). Therefore each one of us is beautiful, there is no one else you looks exactly like you, there never has been and never will be, you are unique and so so special. Because of this we shouldn't compare ourselves to other people because we have been made the way God want us to be and by wanting to change the way we look is forgetting about our creator.
Accepting the way we look can be very hard for many of us, me included. Very often I'll pick out all the different parts of my body I don't like and wish that I could change them but this gets me nowhere and instead makes me feel even more rubbish about myself.
We need to remember that we were created by our Father who loves us dearly and we should also love the way we look - even though this can be hard.
When you accept Jesus as your Saviour, you are accepting him to be the King who rules over you. His opinion of you is the only one that matters; not that of a boy or the girls at school. In the Bible it says:
"Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewellery or fine clothes.
Rather it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight."
(1 Peter 3:3-4)
Therefore we shouldn't look for our identity in our looks, but rather in God and what He thinks of us. If we have accepted the fact that Jesus died on the cross for us and have asked for forgiveness then this is much more important than what we look like. When Jesus comes back we will all be judged and if we have put our trust in God then we can spend eternity with Him. This is the judgment day that really matters - far much more than Non Uniform day or any other day.
Practically trying to make our hearts beautiful can be hard, but if we ask for God's help then we can do our best. Why don't you try reading your Bible before school? This doesn't have to be a whole chapter, just a verse that will help you remember that God's opinion of you is the only one that matters rather than everyone else at school.
Or, maybe try and spend less time filling your head with Instagram posts or tweets that make you feel like you need to be like the people in them. Instead, spend time talking to God or exploring the Bible.
And remember - you are beautiful!
Katie is in her last year of secondary school and lives in a town called Leyland in the North West of England. She loves baking, spending time with friends and most importantly Jesus! Katie is so excited about More Precious and how it is encouraging girls to keep on living for Jesus.