Who am I?
It wasn’t till I was 19 years old that I really began to wrestle with this question. I was a fairly carefree kid up until then, just riding the wave of my parents love, support and guidance. At 19, I left home for seven months to study and travel in Australia. Leaving home was the push I needed to begin to look at who I was apart from my folks. I grew up in a home where God was very central, so a big part of my understanding of who I was came from my understanding of God.
While in Australia, the concept of our True and False Self began to emerge. Ever since, I have been discovering more and more clearly, who I am. I recently came across this poem by William Stafford.
There is a thread you follow. It goes among
My words for the thread in the poem is the True Self. My True Self is who I am, and always have been, created in the image and likeness of God who is love (1 John 4:8, 16). I am able to discover my True Self as I experience the amazing love of God through my relationship with Jesus.
At Youth Unlimited, our hope for the young people we connect with is that they would discover who they are and always have been, created in the image and likeness of God. In this edition of Connections, you will read two stories of youth for whom this is beginning to happen. It’s happening before our eyes and we wanted you to catch a glimpse of it as well. After all, you play a key role in making this all possible… as one of the youth says, “They helped shape my heart.”
With deep gratitude,
Youth Unlimited is a progressive Christian organization that meets vulnerable youth where they are and connects with them through activities, arts, sports, camps, drop-in centres, youth groups and a myriad of other programs that foster their mental, physical, social, spiritual and emotional well-being. We’re the last stop for many vulnerable youth falling through the cracks in Greater Vancouver.
We believe that together we can transform the world these kids live in. And we know we can’t do it without you.