I love collaborating and working with other like-minded individuals. It's in these places that my creativity soars. I had the great pleasure of spending a few days with Elizabeth who is the sister of our resident artist Abigail. Elizabeth is fabulous, easy to talk to (single) and has a great laugh. We were talking about her mentoring girls in her community and recent projects she was investing time into. One of those projects was about femininity, beauty, and mentorship and what it all means. I am all about it! She said she believes a woman who invest into herself, values herself. This was profound statement to me, for awhile I have been trying to figure out ways to concisely say this same thing. I have always believed that the way we think about ourselves reflects outwardly in our speech and in the manner in which we carry ourselves. As the scripture says, out of the abundance of our heart the mouth speaks (Luke 6:45). How is that as children of God, created in His image, we can belittle ourselves and talk down in our inner thoughts? We carry so much shame and hidden fear.
If we can look at the ocean and marvel, or the stars and just stare in wonder then we can and need to look in the mirror and see beauty, and God's workmanship. You are beautiful, dear reader, created imago dei, In the image of God. It's an inward working that flows outwardly. Clothes and makeup will not make you beautiful only a renewing of your mind and resting in God’s abundant love will do that. However, it's an evident manifestation when we see value, we carry ourselves a little taller.
When we care and value ourselves because God cares and values us as sons and daughters we can then care and love our neighbour. We should look for clothes with integrity and value. Lets strive to be intentional in all areas, be connected with what we use, by knowing its connected to someones life. Life is precious lets not jeopardise that because we want a new shirt . Remember your value is in Jesus Christ and so is your neighbours. Readers we have the ability to live out significantly by small gestures of kindness and intentionality for our local and global neighbours.
Calling for fashion transperency doesn't end during this week. This post is a capstone of the fashion revolution week but this important issue of calling for higher responsibilities of rooting out slave labor in our supply chain is a conscious decision we need to make everyday. All of Us Matter both the consumer and the supplier.
Start conversations that matter, lets be a voice to the voiceless.
Crystal, Founder, and Visionary at All of Us Matter