Religion was never at the center of faith for me. It couldn’t be, with a mother who is Greek Orthodox, and a father who is Hindu.
However, God was and always will be at the center. Loving who I am, and loving others, from a very young age, is also at the center of who I am and what I believe.
Jesus Christ is my savior, and I believe he died on the cross for me. I also believe God is many other ‘things’ that are unexplainable. Who am I to create a viewpoint on other religions, and whether they are right or wrong? Is it for me to determine? Especially since my father is Hindu. Seeing him pray every day for 30 min-1 hour each morning, and devoting his time playing music for God. I believe his devotion is beautiful, and I can see it has brought him insurmountable blessings. So, I believe his religion is right for him. As Christianity is right for me, and other religions or no religions are right for others.
In primary school, I was teased because of my dark skin. I’d go home distressed and would talk to my mum about it. she’d talk to me like I was an adult. This was something which helped me a lot – especially now. She would remind me that God made me and that I’m beautiful just the way I am. Other people are also created in this way, and no matter if they are rich or poor, or whatever background or status, to love them. I held on to this, and it is a part of my value system today.
Gratitude was also a big one. Gratitude for every little thing is something I learned later in life and mention it here because of it being at the core of who I am.
I believe that what creates successful, happy people is those that are grateful, humble, and have a LOVE and faith-centered life
So, whether you’ve had an upbringing of religion, or not, I believe that what creates successful, happy people is those that are grateful, humble, and have a LOVE and faith-centered life. A life filled with lessons to learn to be our best selves.