Creed Devotional: To find satisfaction in being rather than seeming

It seems like from the moment we girls were old enough to wear bubblegum flavored lipgloss and watch Lizzie McGuire we’re told to always be ourselves- to not worry about what people think and to wear our hearts on our sleeves.

This was all well and good until social media showed up and we began to put our lives out there for people to double tap. Suddenly “just be yourself” became a caption rather than a motto.

We now have created carefully crafted social images of ourselves that we put out for the world to judge. These images, though hardly representing our actual lives, are what we prefer people to see. We have become a generation of seeming rather than being.

“Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” -Proverbs 31:30

Because the hard, honest truth is that it would be so much more difficult for us to put our real selves out there in the open for everyone to see. Maybe it’s because we’ve grown so used to putting the right filter on our lives that it has become frightening to be real.

“…To find satisfaction in being rather than seeming thus strengthening in us the higher qualities of the spirit.” (ZTA Creed)

 

Finding satisfaction in being rather than seeming lies in ending the unspoken competition that most of us participate in over social media.

Your worth is not defined by how many likes your picture got, or how much better your friend’s vacation photos look than yours. Your worth is not defined by the clothes that you wear. Your worth is not defined by grades, boys, or going out.

Your worth is defined by the fact that you are fearfully and wonderfully made.

“You are altogether beautiful, my darling; there is no flaw in you.” -Song of Songs 4:7

It’s time to lift our chins up high and appreciate the amazing women that we are.

 

 

 

 

Mr. Samford is this week!

Mr. Samford, Zeta’s annual men’s pageant which raises money for our philanthropy, Breast Cancer Education and Awareness, will be held in the Samford University Wright Center. Come show your support this Tuesday night, March 27, at 7:00 p.m.!

Can’t make it? Tune into our Instagram for a live feed!

ZTA 9 Key Values

Happy Wednesday! We’re halfway through National Ritual Appreciation Week and have had such an amazing time celebrating our sisterhood. From dressing up for badge day together, to having sisterhood events celebrating our rituals, it has been a week of reflecting upon the values that make us Zeta Tau Alpha.

Speaking of values, the founders of Zeta Tau Alpha founded our fraternity upon 9 key values that we believe are important to live by.

  1. Being rather than seeming
  2. Humility
  3. Leadership
  4. Lifelong learning
  5. Love
  6. Loyalty and commitment
  7. Responsibility
  8. Seeking understanding that we might gain true wisdom
  9. Service & philanthropy

For the rest of the week we can reflect and think about how we can live by these values as we make our way through midterms and leave for spring break!

National Ritual Celebration Week!

March 4-10, 2018

This week is National Ritual Celebration Week, which means an entire week to celebrate our rituals and the deep meaninings that they hold for us.

While our rituals are secret, and shall be kept so, we can still appreciate the long-held traditions, continuing to remind eachother of the values and standards that we as a sorority uphold.

Today specifically is Badge Day 2018, a day for all sororities to show their chapter pride! Our Ritual Chair, Emily Haine, wore her badge today and was featured on the ZTA  Instagram! (Check it out @ztafraternity)

So, in short, wear your badges, show some ritual appreciation and be on the lookout for our ritual appreciation posts throughout the week!

 

 

Creed Devotional : “Be steadfast, strong, and clean of heart and mind…”

In the Zeta creed, there is a line that says, “be steadfast, strong, and clean of heart and mind, remembering that since the thought is father to the deed only that which we would have manifested in our experience should be entertained in thought.” As we walk through day to day life, we need to remind ourselves that purity of heart and mind is necessary in order to live a healthy life, especially as Christians.

Philippians 1:9-10: “And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless in the day of Christ.”

Paul is trying to encourage his fellow Christians to live pure and blameless lives. Because there is sin in this world, and we are fallen humans, we will never be utterly blameless. However, we are in charge of our specific actions, and we can either use them to further the kingdom of God, or to selfishly benefit ourselves. God wants His children to represent Him in how they speak and act. When we choose to get caught up in drama, unhealthy lifestyle choices, and sin, we are ultimately disrespecting God and portraying a negative view of Christianity to the world around us. Instead, when we love others well, walk humbly, and fully think before we act, we are glorifying God and finding fulfillment in our faith.

Personally, I have found that when I strive to be more clean of heart, I have loved others far better. When you cleanse your heart, you begin to realize just how much love you can openly and freely give to others. I would encourage you all to actively begin to cleanse your hearts and minds for the glory of God. Also, stand strong in your faith and never forget to realize that the people who “love a pure heart and who speak with grace will have the King for a friend” (Proverbs 22:11).

By Jacquelyn Groux