How was life for you growing up? Did you grow up in the church?
Akili: “Life growing up was difficult. Arizona is not very diverse and I was commonly the only little black girl. This was long before black girl magic was a thing. I didn’t feel like I belonged most places so I made a lot of choices that were in other people’s interests so I could fit in. I did not grow up in the church. We went every now and then, but I’ve always felt a strong connection to God.“
When you hear the word religion what comes to your mind?
Akili:”When I hear religion the word control comes to mind. I don’t need anyone or anything between me and God.”
Why do you think that they youth lose faith and don’t know God?
Akili: “I think the youth don’t see the reason to know God. We paint God as very judgmental, yet loving…angry, yet kind…something to be feared and inspiring.“
What are other avenues that you think would benefit the youth?
Akili: “Our messages to the youth are mixed and hard to explain. I think youth should be led to discover the divinity that lives inside of them. They should get in touch with what makes them amazing and see how they can use that to serve others.“
If you could have one power that Jesus had what would it be and why?
Akili:”I believe we have many of the “powers” Jesus had when we are in alignment with God. We were created in His image and likeness. Many of us are simply not allowing Him to guide us as Jesus did.“
Describe Jesus in one word?
If there was one character in the bible that you could relate to, who would it be and why?
Akili: “Deborah – Because I have been told that I am wise and discerning.”
What is your favorite verse in the bible and why?
Akili: “The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters, but one who has insight draws them out” (Proverbs 20:5). This is one of my favorites because I know first hand the emptiness of living a life that seemed to have no purpose. Once I realized that God created me with a purpose, my life changed. It all of a sudden had meaning!“
If you want to reach Akili you can find her at : Akili Worthy, M.Ed. on LinkedIn, Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/akili.worthy also you can find her on vizualize.me/aworthy
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