Friday, 28 September 2018

Who they say you are

Mistakes are like the ghosts that you only see when it’s dark out, or when you’re really tired, or when you didn’t go to bed the night before. They creep up on you when you least expect and hang around until they’ve drained you of anything worth taking. I’m writing to tell you that you’re more than them. Your mistakes are not who you are. You are the love you give to others. You’re the patience you give when you don’t think you have any left. You are the hope, the encouragement and the light you radiate. You are magnificent, not in your works, but in your heart. You’d better believe it.

Think of the worst thing you’ve done. Is this difficult to remember, or is it on your mind a lot?  Maybe you stole from a shop, or maybe you cheated on a test. Maybe you were a bully, or maybe you told a lie. Now think of the things you do every day without even thinking about it. Perhaps you make the girls coffee at work or say hello to the lonely old man in Sainsbury’s. You don’t give these acts of kindness anywhere near as much thought as your mistakes, do you? That’s because society has told us that we are products of our downfalls.

You should not ever be defined by your past, and yet in society, we so often are.  Ephesians 2:10 says that we are all God’s ‘masterpiece’, and I don’t know about you, but that makes everything anybody’s ever said about me to seem insignificant. We are beautiful, not in who we are, but in whose we are. If that’s not game-changing, I don’t know what is.

Stay who you are, keep every mistake and every flaw and embrace how your brokenness can be used as Glory.

Lots of love,
Marti xxx

Friday, 21 September 2018

Dear year eleven (honest version)

You've made it. You've somehow managed to survive four years of secondary school and the end is in sight. Firstly, I'd just like to say a massive well done. I feel your pain.

If your September has been the same as mine was last year, your teachers are telling you to start revising. Again, if you're anything like me, don't do it. Your real exams will mostly start in May. You'll have mock exams soon, but these aren't in any way an indication of how you are going to perform in the real ones. Turn up to all your lessons (all of them!), listen, take notes, do your homework and turn up to intervention when they ask you to. At this point in the year, that's all you can do! Work on keeping yourself healthy and cultivating friendships. Trust me, that's the important stuff!

Your teachers are probably starting to seem very stressed, but trust me, you haven't seen stress until you've seen them once your exams have started. They only want what's best for you, and they only want what's best for you because it reflects well on them (I'm kidding, Geez) but don't take everything they say as gospel. They are only people, the same as the rest of us. Sometimes certain teachers like to pretend that they're not, but they are!! Their advice is not always the best, and you just need to keep doing you. 

The same goes for your friends. They're not perfect, they will let you down, but they will also make this year a little more bearable. 

*disclaimer: I wasn't a perfect student. At all. There are quite a lot of teachers who will back me up on that haha. I didn't spend all my time revising, but I did always do my homework, turn up to intervention and give it my best. I managed to pass all my exams whilst holding down a part-time job, volunteering, seeing my friends & family, going out after school and working through a pretty hefty application process for my apprenticeship. School does not need to be your life. I'm giving you that advice knowing full well that I'm even less of a favourite with my old teachers :))

Hang on in there 
-Marti xxx