Bible Passage: Ephesians 1:3-12, 2:6-22, 3:12, 5:8

Discovering yourself doesn’t start in a day, it takes a gradual process and you need the Holy Spirit. God has blessed us with all spiritual blessings. As a Christian, one needs the Holy Spirit to discover oneself spiritually. One of the things we need to know as Christians is that the Holy Spirit abides within us only if we adhere to his instructions. A Christian’s obedience is what determines whether or not the Holy Spirit will stay with that Christian.

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According to Wikipedia, the term “self-discovery” was linked to a journey and was referred to as a travel, pilgrimage, or series of events whereby a person attempts to determine how they feel personally about spiritual issues or priorities, rather than following the opinions of family, friends, neighborhood or peer pressure.

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The word ‘self’ can be interchanged for ‘a person’ and can be referred to as the visible and invisible part of an individual which makes them unique and totally different from another. ‘Discovery’ in my words simply means the act or process of finding expectedly or unexpectedly through search. Putting these two words together could mean many things but certainly, it leads to asking questions (questions like; who am I? what am I made of? what is my purpose? what does living mean to me? where am I coming from? where am I heading to? what do I value? what do I want?) that lead to a search for who one truly is. These questions open door for self-discovery through the quest of finding answers to the raised questions. A major way to approach the discovery of the self is to look beyond the physical and the obvious, that is, one has to look within (the mind). The mind is a powerful tool that directs every individual’s reactions to situations as it is the factory for thoughts that direct, guide and determine how we behave across different situations that confront us.

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When thinking about the self, most people often get entangled with their daily living, attachment to their studies, jobs, life styles, relationships, and their possessions as  means to know who they really are but the questions are; are you your studies? Are you your belonging? Your relationship(s)? The fact remains that when all these materials and imagined identities are  lost or removed, we no longer know who we really are and this calls for self-discovery. Also, self-discovery does a lot of things to the individual, things like; revealing the unknown known (i.e., making one to be aware of a hidden knowledge/talent), creating clarity, a better understanding, motives and meaning of situations.

When an individual embarks on the path of self-discovery with adequate attention and spirituality, clarity, meaning, understanding, and essence of life will most likely be found. These helps the individual to relate better with others, handle complex situations with ease, manage difficult people around them with relative care and achieve the unimaginable. Take for example, if you have discovered yourself, you now know what or who you love, your reason for loving the object or subject, you handle difficult situations and people with minimum or no struggle, you easily understand the meaning and motives of situations, people and behaviours, even observers will tend to refer to you as wise. The only difference between you and them is simply self-discovery.

I will like to end this note with the take of Aristotle that states that ‘Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom”.

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