“Growing up as a minority in Saskatchewan, with my Nigerian culture deeply embedded I me, I never felt “Saskatchewaian” enough … I would never be “Nigerian” enough either … It became apparent to me that I would be at my strongest when placing my identity in Christ.”

A significant need in my life was to feel accepted, by nearly everyone in every circumstance, whether it was parents, teachers, profs, colleagues or friends. I often felt empty, lost and like I was chasing after the wind. 

By the age of 5, I had lived in 4 different continents. Each with its distinct culture, characteristics, and values that I had to adjust and adapt to each time.

Growing up as a minority in Saskatchewan, with my Nigerian culture deeply embedded in me, I never felt "Saskatchewanian" enough for the lack of a better word. There was so much that identified with that was different than my surroundings. At the same time, having grown up in Saskatoon with my Canadian accent, it was evident to me that for the Nigerian community I grew up with I would never be "Nigerian" enough either. 

As I matured in my faith, by spending more time with Jesus, it became apparent to me that I would be at my strongest when placing my identity in Christ. In Heaven, that is the only identity that will truly matter. Through Jesus' death and resurrection, he made a LOVE statement of how much he valued me. His word tells who he says I am, and I am at home in his love. 

With this new found GODfidence (Jer.17:7), it became to shape my world and lead me to healthier, more supportive relationships with people who helped me to see myself the way He sees me.

- FIYIN

 

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