A Girl of Wisdom speaks up for injustice!

girls-bullying-school-434“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed. Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice.”

Proverbs 31:8 & 9 (NLT)

When I first started high school, I quickly became friends with a group of girls who I honestly believed would be my friends for the rest of my life. We got along really well, saved seats for each other in class and stayed over at each other’s houses for movie nights. It was so great feeling that I belonged and was accepted.

But after a year, it suddenly all changed. It was like my group of friends made a decision that for some unexplained, random reason, I was no longer part of the group… but they forgot to tell me that! What followed was a year I will never forget. A year of being bullied, ignored and picked on. I spent all my lunch breaks in the library doing homework because there was nowhere else for me to go. I certainly got amazing grades in all my subjects that year! But even though I loved learning, I cared about having friends too! Sound familiar?

Now I’m a high school teacher and things haven’t changed much amongst the teenagers I teach. I see students spreading untrue gossip about other students. Part of my day involves helping teenagers who are being left out and treated unfairly. I see them struggling to hold back tears. I see them pretending that they don’t care when they have to sit by themselves or when nobody wants to work with them when doing a group project.

But the main thing that bothers and angers me the most is that nobody stands up for those who are being bullied or who are being treated unfairly. It’s considered “uncool” to make a stand for justice- to speak up when something is being done that is not right and undeserved.

Think about it. I’m sure that at your school or workplace, you know who the so-called “unpopular” people are. You see them being picked on and laughed at. How do you feel about them? Perhaps as you laugh along with everybody else or stand back and watch, deep down, do you feel a sinking feeling? In the midst of your relief that it’s not you who’s being treated unfairly, do you realise that it could have been you? And if it were you, have you ever wondered if anybody would stand up for you?

Our next blog post will show you a practical way to begin to develop compassion!

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How do you spend your days?

Thursday 10 May 2012

There’s always something that needs to be done. No matter how many items I tick off my to do list, still more items seem to appear. Life can certainly be a bit of a juggling act regardless of the season of life you’re in.

Proverbs 31:27 (NKJV) says, “She watches over the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.”

Idleness simply means to do nothing, to fill your hours with no activity, to avoid work and habitually not do anything. Now there are certainly times when you and I need rest, but the idle woman makes this more of a habit than the norm.

Different seasons of a woman’s life look different when it comes to the activities she fills her days with. You may be a student, living with or away from your parents, pursuing your career, volunteering or have some little ones you are raising. Perhaps you’re even doing a combination of these!

The following are some questions to reflect upon when thinking about how you spend your days:

1. How many hours a day do you spend watching TV, on facebook, twitter etc?

2. Do you spend time with God each day, reading His word and praying?

3. Do you leave yourself some space for rest?

4. Do you  prioritise? For example, there’s always dishes to be done but some days these may need to be left so you can focus on something more important such as time for your husband/partner/children or a friend in need.

5. Do you know that WHO you are is more important than WHAT you do?

A Girl of Wisdom makes the most of her day. She is aware of when she needs rest but also ensures that her day is filled with activities that fulfil her current season. She is careful not to be too distracted and doesn’t let procrastination come in the way of fulfilling her priorities.

Have you ever felt like giving up?

Sunday 25 September 2011

Have you ever said to yourself “I just don’t think I can keep going?!” Or  asked yourself “How much longer is this going to last because I don’t think
I have the strength to keep going?”

Proverbs 24:16 (NLT) says, “The godly may trip up seven times, but they will get up again. But one disaster is enough to overthrow the wicked.”

We all have times in our lives where the  distance between our reality and the hope in our heart of a dream or  situation earthing itself in our life, feels like a road too long to travel  (surrounded only by desert and cactuses ha! 🙂 ). The journey to that dream just seems too long, you already feel like you have travelled far enough,  your strength is sapped and you want to stop by the side of the road pull up  a good deck chair, drink Pina Colada’s, get a good sun tan and watch the world go by!

You know what that’s ok… pull up the deck chair, have the Pina Colada but
just don’t camp there… get back up again… there are dangers to living in a
desert… health decreases, life moves on and dreams die. The best thing you
can do is get a little hydration, some needed rest and relaxation and then
with renewed energy get back up again and put one foot in front of the
other.

A Girl of Wisdom knows that every dream in her heart is worth fighting for
and it takes hard work… sometimes we are power walking, sometimes we are
running, sometimes we need a good Pina Colada… but a Girl of Wisdom knows
she cannot afford to camp in one place along the journey, she knows that
above all else until the finish line is crossed for that dream in her heart…. she must keep going… even if it means for the time being just putting one foot in front of the other.

Love Tina xx

Tina Brown has a Masters of Theology and is a lecturer at Hillsong International Leadership College, Sydney Australia.

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