Self-Determination – Kujichagulia – To define ourselves, name ourselves, to create ourselves, and speak for ourselves.
Self determination to me is just like empowering self. Many wait on someone or something to get them in motion. Many wait for a word from someone, or wait on a devastating event to push them to do something they should have been doing all along. This type of mindset is stagnating and debilitating.
Yes, there are countless ways to get motivation, but the best way to rise up is to be determined. We must continuously evaluate, remind, and speak into ourselves. We must pray for godly wisdom and direction. We must be humble enough to understand what God is saying to us, and to do what He has asked us to do. God has already ordered out steps. We must know where we are and know exactly where we desire to go. We must shed the weight of waiting. We must stop talking ourselves out of the gifts that must be shared with others. We must stop the negative chatter, we must remove ourselves from those who do not have the capacity to speak life. We must also stop blocking the wisdom of others because the speaker is not dressed how we think they should be dressed. Wisdom does not come from a look, it garners from experiences.
My brothers and sisters, there is power in you. You hold valuable gifts that the world is need of. Don’t allow your inspiration to only come from outside forces, you have been blessed with God’s gifts that are not for you alone, they are for someone who is in need of hearing or seeing what you have to offer. Speak life into your soul. Speak love into your heart. Be specific of what you say, what you think, and what by all means, what you participate in. Remember, what you send out into the atmosphere comes right back to you. We are what we think. We are what we do. We are what we say. Be specific about the colors you use to paint on your soul’s canvas.