The video above explores Alex’s story of embracing her multicultural identity and her faith. See below for some highlights of her thoughts.
I’d always felt insecure about being multicultural. People talked about it being a good thing, but really I think it is a hard thing. Because I am part of both cultures, I sometimes feel I can’t fully belong in either. When I investigated what God had to say about this, He led me to the Samaritans.
The ancient Samaritans were a multicultural people: a group rejected by both its parent cultures — the Jews and the gentiles. The Samaritans were thought of as worthless, but God showed me that the Samaritans were people He loved (see Luke 10:30-37 & John 4:1-42). God bestows value on these people that were not valued by their society. This helped me realize that God sees me. He sees my multicultural makeup, and He made me lovingly with intentionality.
God gave each one of us a specific cultural makeup on purpose. I’m not saying it’s easy to be multicultural. However, embracing and living out of your multiculturalism can free you to live in harmony with your identity and help you draw closer to God. What will it look like for you to embrace it?
Whether you’re an outsider to a tradition that seems strange or wondering about your own, try to move beyond your “head” to your “heart.” Instead of critiquing what doesn’t make sense, ask where traditions come from.
In the quest for success, it’s easy to neglect your health. Though you may be able to ignore the needs of your body for a while, they will eventually catch up with you. But taking care of your body actually gives you a greater capacity to succeed and live up to your potential in all areas of life.
We’ve all put our hope in something or someone that has ultimately let us down. Is it worth it to keep hoping if you’ve been repeatedly disappointed? Is there anything you can put your hope in that won’t let you down?
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