The second day of Kwanzaa brings us to Kujichagulia. When I first learned about Kwanzaa in high school, this was my favorite word just because I’d mastered how to say it. I didn’t really give much thought to its meaning. As we look at using these seven principles to make better foundations for our relationships, we have to take just a moment to learn what we’re talking about and how we’re going to use it…
What does Kujichagulia mean?
Kujichagulia is the principle of self-determination. Precisely defined, it translates to “to define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves, and speak for ourselves.”
Let me get real for a moment. This ministry is my passion. There were a lot of tears and heartbreak that went into preparing me to share this message with the world. Even with publishing a book and taking the ministry into a whole new territory, I still fight a lot of self-doubt. Logically, I know what I’m meant to do, but emotionally, I often find myself in a holding pattern of fear and insecurity. And because of that holding pattern, I often find myself feeling lazy and unaccomplished.
The Trap of Self-Sabotage
There is still a place where I am afraid that I don’t deserve to speak to the world. Sometimes, I slip back and then I realize that I’m no good to anyone there. I’m not sharing the message that’s in my heart. Then I realize that all I went through is going to be for nothing.
No matter what you’ve been through, where you are, or where you think you want to go, you should be applying the principle of Kujichagulia. It’s amazing when you have a support system. But if you don’t have the system you need to move forward, you need to rely on yourself. You need to be determined to be the change in your own world. This is what I want to share with you:
3 Ways to Be Proud of Who You Are in the World
- You have a purpose in this world. Proverbs 20:5 tells us, “The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters, but one who has insight draws them out.” Do you know what your purpose is in your life? When you know who you are and what your purpose is, you can be proud of who yourself and of what you give to others. Ephesians 2:10 tells us that “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” The principle of self-determination is that we encourage ourselves to do and be all that is intended for us.
- You matter. To yourself, your Creator, and to the world. Dr. Seuss quipped “To the world you may be one person; but to one person you may be the world.” Too many times, we find ourselves trapped thinking that if our audience isn’t big enough, then we don’t matter. LIES. The world is changed one person at a time. Don’t give up your power and purpose thinking that you’re never going to make a large enough impact.
- You have all the joy you need. Don’t confuse joy and happiness. Happiness is an emotion. Joy is a state of being. When you have joy, you can still have hope and faith, no matter what comes your way. You hold onto your purpose and live in it. Romans 15:13 sums it up beautifully, stating, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Hold your head high, walk forward in your purpose, and count it all joy!
Kujichagulia your way through life and embrace all that is has for you…and all that you can give back to those around you!
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Katherine is the author of Wounds to Wisdom, The Marriage Advocate, and is the voice behind Yoked, an online ministry dedicated to helping women prepare themselves to be a wife. Married to her best friend, she is living out her purpose by encouraging others to enter into covenant marriages with their eyes wide open.