Be Dressed In Quality Clothing
In Chapel last week, we talked about quality clothing – things which we wear which have real value. Clothes can often identify something about us. Uniforms especially help us to identify the responsibility that someone carries – the reliance we can have on those people to perform a certain task. Their uniform can remind us that they are to be respected in the community.
Uniforms and clothing can identify something about us too – our purpose, and what we should be doing. They can help remind us to be responsible. When people see us in our Annesley uniform, we want to be recognised and known for certain things. We want to be creative and curious learners. We want to be empathetic and concerned for what is happening in the world around us. We want to present ourselves well, and honour values which have been integral to the heritage of Annesley.
“…clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” (Colossians 3:12)
The writer of these words in the Bible uses language which describes clothing ourselves in a certain way. If we desire to live lives which honour God and follow the ways and teachings of Jesus, then we’re encouraged to wear – to carry on us – specific attributes. Here the Bible uses clothes as a comparison to values, behaviours, and attitudes. The Bible points out that when people see us, they will notice that we have compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, which ultimately comes from the character of God, and a love for people.
As a school, we are intentional with teaching and practicing our values. We encourage one another to put those values into action. To live them out, and wear them proudly. When we get up in the morning and dress ourselves in those behaviours and attitudes – in qualities that are valued – we are ready for the day, and ready to be with others in a healthy and good way, as God intends us to be.
Be assured, you can’t outgrow ‘quality clothing’ like courage, respect, humility, responsibility, integrity, resilience, justice, compassion, civility, and gratitude. Those qualities grow and become stronger as you continue to display them, and allow them to be part of who you are becoming.