What will you wear this school year?
By Ngozi Maduagwu
The start of the school year can be a time of mixed emotions. For some students, it may their first time ever in school, or their first time at a new school which would require some adjustment. Growing up, a major issue my siblings and I faced was putting together our back to school wardrobe. We were always excited about the thought of getting new clothes which we could coordinate throughout the school year to present a look that we were comfortable with. Now that uniforms are more common, this is not as much of an issue, but some students may still find themselves wanting to create the “right look” to fit in with the “right crowd.”
The Bible gives some wisdom on how to be intentional about looking your best. When Samuel went to Jesse’s house under the instruction of the Lord to anoint the next king of Israel, God told him that, “The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7). This school year, while taking care to look your best outwardly, learn to pay even more attention to grooming yourself on the inside.
You may be wondering how you can do this. Colossians 3:12-14 has some great suggestions that will not only help you look your best at school, but in every other area of your life as well. The Apostle Paul writes, “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them together in perfect unity.” (NIV)
Looking your best starts with what you choose to put on. When you intentionally choose to put on the best, you will look your best. Being compassionate, kind, humble, gentle, and patient with others makes you look good. And love is ultimately the perfect accessory for looking your best!