From the Headmaster's blog...
Posted 31 August, 2017
Who are You?
By Mrs Kristy Lee Ferris
How do you see yourself? What words describe you? Where do you look to find your worth, value and identity?
Are you what you look like? Are you what you do? Are you your achievements…. or your failures? Are you your circumstances? Are you what others say about you?
These things may explain you, may impact you, may shape you, however, they do not define you. Sometimes a negative view of our own appearance prevents us from being who we really want to be. Only 79% of boys and 68% of girls are happy with what they see in the mirror. Many of us desire to be successful in what we do, but what happens if we don’t get the ATAR we expect, the job
promotion we wanted or we don’t get picked for the representative sport team? Do such things begin to define who we are?
Life can throw us challenges…. sickness, financial struggles, relationship breakdowns. Do these
trials define us? Do we allow other people’s opinions to impact how we see ourselves so that we change who we are around them to try to fit in and belong? Does our popularity define us?
At Wollondilly, the students hear that they are more than their appearance, what they do, their
successes, mistakes, life situations and what others say. This is not something we invent. The Bible is filled with verses and passages that answer this question.
You are created and known by God (Psalm 139)
You are loved and valued (Jeremiah 31:3)
You are cared for (1Peter 5:7)
You are not alone (Hebrews 13:5)
You are here for a reason (Jeremiah 29:11)
God’s desire is for us to not only know this, but to be able to live in this truth. It just needs one simple decision – to receive the gift of Jesus. Colossians 2:10 says that we are complete in Christ. This means we no longer need to find who we are or derive our self-worth from other things. Jesus died for our imperfections, for our sin and for our mistakes. In Christ, you are forgiven, saved, new and free. You are a child of God.
So Again: How do you see yourself? What words describe you? Where do you look to find your worth, value and identity? The answer lies in how God sees you; how God would describe you; how God values you. To know Him in return is one decision away.
It is in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for (Ephesians 1.11).
Who are You? – Your identity is received…. not achieved.