A Girl of Wisdom speaks up for injustice (continued!)

compassionI believe with all my heart that a Girl of Wisdom is not self-centred and unaware of how others are being treated. Girls who are wise see beyond themselves and actively pay attention to what is happening to others around them. And when they see something happening that is unfair and not right, they confidently and calmly make a stand for truth and justice.

I encourage you to pick a day this coming week. Spend one whole day practising the skill of “seeing people.” Look at the faces of others who pass you by. Do they look happy or sad? Are they alone? What type of day do you think they are having?

Listen to the conversations around you. What is being said? Do you think it’s right, wrong, unkind, true, false, friendly or mean? You will be amazed at the things you see and hear that you have never seen or heard before. You will be surprised at the amount of things that go on around you that are unfair.

Once you begin to notice the people and conversations around you, the next step is to stand up for the injustice that you see. As a high school student, it may be as simple as smiling at a girl who you know doesn’t have any friends. Maybe you could even sit next to her. For those of us who are mums and professionals in the workplace- how about telling other women that you don’t want to be a part of listening to rumours when they begin to gossip?

So beautiful girl, are you ready to accept this little pearl of wisdom? It’s a hard choice to be compassionate because it takes courage. Because when you feel compassion, you must act. And sometimes, it may mean taking a risk and turning away from the crowd. I know you are brave enough to live this way!

She desires justice.

Friday 8 October 2010

Having now returned from our 2-week adventure to Cambodia, Claire and I have been greatly impacted by the lives of the Cambodian women we have met. We have heard stories of horrendous tragedy… genocide, child-trafficking… and have experienced a small taste of their daily lives… walking in the slums, teaching their children.

Yet despite the significant differences between our worlds, they are just like us… girls, women, beautiful, dreams in their hearts, hopes for the future… created by a Heavenly Father.

Proverbs 8:20 (NLT) encourages us to walk in righteousness, in paths of justice. What does this mean? In this context, righteousness is referring to how we live our own lives- with honesty, integrity and purity. Justice refers to what we do to benefit the lives of others- acts of kindess, speaking up for those who cannot speak up for themselves… making a difference in the lives of someone else.

A Girl of Wisdom lives righteously and desires justice. She chooses to live a life according to God’s values and to play her part in changing the world for the better.

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