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    How Can a Christian Girl Survive Public School?

    Hey ladies, with the new school year fast approaching, some of you may be feeling a little anxious. Why? Well, as Christians, we’re called to glorify God in everything that we say and do, but we all know that the environment in most public schools makes that difficult. For example, many schools are filled with students who act, dress or speak immodestly. Maybe there are kids who bully others, are promiscuous or take drugs.

    Some districts or individual teachers may not allow you to wear your favorite Jesus or Christian band tee or a cross/crucifix on your necklace. You may not be allowed to read your Bible during free time or evangelize to your friends. So, as a Christian girl, strong in your faith and deep in your love for Jesus, how do you maintain your Christian self? How do you remain loyal to your King in an environment that often shoves Him out? How do you survive?

    Now, I understand that not all public schools are the same, so this post is for those of you girls who have struggled in the past and are concerned for the upcoming semester. For you, sweet girls, I share these tips and ask that you share some of yours!

    1. Remain deep in your faith. This means praying and reading the Bible every day. It’s so easy to get lost in a Godless environment, so if you saturate your life outside of school with your faith, it will carry you through those days and moments that are missing Him.
    2. Understand what it means to be in the world and not of it. There will be others around you who are not rooted in Christianity, or any other faith. Maybe they say they are and don’t live it, or they’re proud that they’re not. As Christians, we are called to recognize when we are living according to God’s rules or society’s rules. Know the difference and know when to step back. For example, gossiping, cheating, flirting, dressing immodestly or being rude to a teacher are all unchristian. So when your friends or peers act this way, don’t be a part of it.
    3. Don’t be afraid or embarrassed to be a Christian. Love your faith. If you’re not passionate about your love for Jesus, then it won’t be easy to be loyal to Him and glorify Him genuinely and unconditionally.
    4. Find confidence in being you. It’s not easy being a Christian girl in today’s world. But if you remain confident in your faith, then nothing and no one can negatively influence you.
    5. Don’t be a pushy Christian. Don’t push your faith on others. Oftentimes, Christians give Christians a bad name. Being a Christian is appealing when you’re acting like a Christian.
    6. Don’t inflate your value. You are a Christian. That’s great. It’s a beautiful thing. Sometimes you want to shout that from the rooftops because just knowing how much God loves you makes you feel so special. And you are special. But that doesn’t make you better than anyone else. We are all loved equally in God’s eyes. So don’t act as if you are better. Don’t demean others who are nonbelievers.
    7. Live your faith. If you’re a Christian, then act like one. Your peers won’t take you seriously if you say you are, but don’t act like one, dress like one or talk like one. Yes, we’re all sinners, but don’t let that be an excuse to willingly do something against your faith. If you follow your faith according to Christ’s teaching, then no one will question your Christianity or try to divert you away from your beliefs. If you do “fall short” continuously, your peers will either think that you’re not really a Christian, or worse, you might send the wrong message about what it means to be a Christian.
    8. Find like-minded friends. You may not find these friends at your school, so make friends with kids at your church or youth group. It’s really important to have people to talk to.

     

    Ladies, have you ever felt different as a Christian in a public school? Have you struggled to maintain your Christian self? Share your stories and tips in the comments below. We love to hear from you!

    T.M. Gaouettehttp://www.tmgaouette.com
    T.M. Gaouette is a freelance writer, ghostwriter, blogger and fiction novelist. She was born in Africa, brought up in London and is now living in New England with her husband and four children. Devoted to Him, Gaouette is dedicated to glorifying God through her stories for teens and young adults. T.M. Gaouette is the author of "The Destiny of Sunshine Ranch" and "Freeing Tanner Rose," Christian novels for teens and young adults. She's currently working on completing her upcoming novel -visit tmgaouette.com for more on her Christian fiction work. Connect with her on www.facebook.com/TMGaouette and https://twitter.com/TMGaouette .

    8 COMMENTS

    1. I can hardly believe how true this post is! I went to a private Christian school for most of my life, then after a long and complicated story that involved moving 900 miles away from that school, my sister and I started going to public school. All we had ever heard about public high school were, quite frankly, horror stories, and I just knew I was going to fall away and become just like everyone else. But I didn’t. It’s beautiful, the work that Jesus has done in me and the relationship He and I have developed since then. I can’t wait to enroll in a Christian college next year and get back to that loving, Christ-centered environment, but I can’t thank God enough for what He has taught me and the ministry He’s given me here, in a public school. What I’ve learned is that people do not respond when we act like we’re better than them or don’t live out our faith, but if we love boldly and extend as much love, friendship, and mercy as we can to everyone, including those who are “unpopular” or difficult to love, then we can plant and water seeds of what true Christianity means in their lives, and these seeds will grow and last a lifetime.

      • I personally have never seen flirting as unChristian. I think what they are referring to is the fine line between being flirty/friendly and trying to get a guy to like you even if you’re not actually interested, i.e. playing with his heart. I think flirting a little can be fun, but you just have to be careful.

    2. I go to public school, and as it is always a struggle, I thank God for His sovereignty and suffiency. He has been so good to me! Some horror stories I have is being a real Christian to a group of girls who back stabbed me and ridiculed me for my faith. Let’s just say I’m not friends with them anymore 🙂 it’s been an interesting four years that’s for sure

    3. We have a fellowship at my school and host a See You At The Pole and an end of the year party every year. It’s a very fun thing to be involved in. We do devotions every week before school. At the end of the year we even go to an FCA camp. Very fun and very inspiring, especially as we go through public school. Something that should be in every school and is VERY legal. Don’t let anyone say otherwise.

    4. These are all great tips, but I can’t stand how you say “survive public school”, like its so horrible. I love my public school! I’ve been going to public school since I was little, but then one year my parents switched me to a Catholic school. I absolutely hated it there, I was bullied and ganged up on by a group of girls, and I made a friend who ruined my innocence by telling me all kinds of dirty things. The teachers weren’t that great, either, and the principal was HORRIBLE. I went back to public school and made tons of awesome friends who love me and support me for who I am. 🙂 I’ve had lots of awesome teachers, including and English teacher who challenged me to do my best, and a civics and history teacher who taught me some really valuable life lessons. Obviously this is not the case for every christian school, or every public school, but I’m just saying, public school can be amazing. I will definetly follow your pointers TM, but maybe next time don’t put down public school.

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