Who are you?
Why are you here?
What is your purpose?
What is your worth?
One dictionary.com definition of the word “worth” is: “usefulness or importance, as to the world, to a person, or for a purpose.” And, the definition of the word “worthy” is “having adequate or great merit, character, or value.”
So, are you useful or important to the world, to a person, or for a purpose? Do you have adequate or great merit, character, or value? Yes, you are and you do! You you are worthy and you have worth!
Welcome to my blog!
In the Coptic Orthodox church, we chant “Worthy, worthy, worthy” to all of the newly-baptized Christians in the church! For the girls, we chant the Greek: Axia! Axia! Axia! For the boys, we chant: Axios! Axios! Axios! Inspired by these wonderful words and the Song of Songs (or the Song of Solomon) from the Bible, I decided to create this blog to share my thoughts and perspectives on why we struggle so much when we don’t understand our value and God-given worth, how we can gracefully regain our identity, and how to remove negative messages from your life. I am an Orthodox Christian and I believe that we cannot comprehend our worth outside of God’s love.
In my personal life, I came face-to-face with one of the biggest challenges that faces humans today, namely self-hate or lack of self-worth. Not being able to see the value of my existence, the things I do, the vocation that I pursue, or any inner qualities that I possess has been a painful life experience. On top of this, not being able to recognize that God created me for a purpose drove me to the brink of total despair. Eventually, I noticed that many messages that I receive from the media, including social media, and many of the people around me ingrained in me a false perception of who I am and what my value is in this life. I won’t make any effort to reiterate these message here, because for each person they are different, but needless to say they are negative. With God’s help, I know that He will help me find myself in Him and joy will be the theme of my life despite all the craziness that takes place around me, and even the chaos inside of me.
Jesus Christ wants us to rejoice always in Him and He is serious about this!
Throughout this blog, my hope is to help you:
- Recognize areas in your life from which you receive negative messages about who you are.
- Identify the messages (lies and truths) that you receive without bias.
- Look at your strengths and weaknesses honestly and discredit all the lies that you hear about yourself.
- Having weaknesses is not meant to make you hate yourself or devalue yourself. Instead, being able to identify your own weaknesses and work with them is in itself a great accomplishment. God wants us to be humble through our weaknesses so that we don’t ever think that we are invincible. That is a good thing, because we always see our need for Him and His Fatherhood.
- Flourish as you live out your life being who you are!
I pray that you find benefit in the words I share here as I go through this life journey with you. Please, remember me in your prayers as I am also a work-in-progress towards regaining my identity in Our Lord Jesus Christ. God bless you all.
Sunday, 15 April 2018
*About me: A single Coptic American Orthodox Christian. I recently completed my doctorate in biology and en route to teach biology among other interests including this blog and my artistic hobbies. I have my fair share of struggles that I will be mentioning as relevance calls throughout the blog, but I am confident that God is always by my side providing me with strength – for my strength comes from the Lord! I believe in using my gifts and talents to glorify God in all aspects of my life and to thank Him.
*Updated Tuesday, May 15, 2018