By Talitha de Klerk (based on teachings by Arthur Burk)

Worth is established by the value of the contents that make-up something. When I sell a
product. For example, when I sell something I establish its worth based on what I paid
for the rough materials that went into making/sourcing it. This implies that to know the
worth of something, I need to know something about- or be involved in the creation
process of that thing. As humans, created by God, this aspect of our identity then
comes from our relationship with God. As our Creator, His opinion is the foundation for
our feelings of dignity, value and respect. These feelings come from having peace with
God and experiencing His faithfulness in our lives.
As young children, this aspect of our identity comes from having our needs (not wants)
met consistently. This shows us that we are worth ’showing up for’.
The Bible also clearly depicts Father God as a need meeting God- He is our Provider,
and He is Good.
This leg of our identity becomes too long when we are constantly enabled in life or
always bailed out of the consequences of our actions. It will start looking like a sense of
entitlement, making us believe we deserve only good things from God and others, which
in turn will lead to constant disillusionment with God and relationships if things don’t go
our way.

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So how can we find healing for our short ‘leg of worth’? Healing can be found in
recognizing that God has intervened and provided in our lives. We start seeing where
God has possibly met our needs instead of our wants. This will help us take more risks
to trust Him or step out in faith. We’ll start to expect God to come through, risking the
embarrassment of being wrong, but possibly also seeing Him intervene and provide.
How do we incorporate this into our dance classes, through our curriculum?
Firstly, during the second Term of the year, we focus on intentionally speaking the
following truths over our dancers:

You are Worthy (of being here, of being treated with respect and to dream):
You have adequate or great merit, character, or value. You deserve to be given attention
and to be noticed by us and by God, and so is everyone else around you.
Relevant Scripture base for this truth:
Ephesians 3:12: Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and
confidently into God’s presence.
This is true regardless of our performance or achievements, and it is true of every
individual around us. As we realize this, we can show up with more boldness as
we are. Our feelings and thoughts matter and when we are given the chance to be
the class princess, we are given the opportunity to share ours with the rest of the
class.

You are Beautiful and Unique:

You were made of a very high standard, excellent, pleasing to the senses or mind
aesthetically. You look exactly like God wanted you to look.
Relevant Scripture base for this truth:
Ephesians 2:10: “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ
Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

We are all different and this is a good thing. We didn’t create ourselves and didn’t
choose our features or the character traits that make us unique, therefore as
‘artworks’ we have no right to evaluate or judge ourselves, we’ll find much more
peace by simply accepting ourselves as we are. This also helps us value other’s
unique traits and features as well.
You are blessed and this blessing is purposed to bless others:
You are made holy. You’ve been called and consecrated, divinely or supremely
favoured. You are so fortunate in so many ways.

Relevant Scripture base for this truth:

Ephesians 1:3-5: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has
blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ…”
This truth helps us take stock of the good that has come our way- often
undeservedly. We get to see how much we actually have and we realize that this
privilege actually puts us in the position to bless others. This gratitude activates
peace and a sense of dignity regarding our heritage and unique context.
We then end this term with an age appropriate motivational workshop or outreach,
aimed to solidify one of these truths in the dancers. Examples of these events great
from our identity survey research project in 2020 included:

OUTREACH
– Pen pal initiative
– Wash Party/ Costuming sort & inventory
– Hospital Visit
– SPCA Visit
– Flashmob Outreach
– Culture Day with Outreach
– Short Term Outreach
– Fundraiser initiative at our studio
MOTIVATIONAL WORKSHOP with any specialized topic that we believe will give them
a head-start in life, in which the speaker shares more about their own journey and what
it took to get there. We hope to show them the faith risks, the challenges and
testimonies as well as how their unique context and heritage played a role.

Workshop Topics can include:
– Choreography
– Repertoire
– Pas de Deux
– Ministry
– Etiquette
– Public Speaking
– Self-Defence
– First Aid
– Cooking/ Nutrition
– Self-care
– Social Media
– Make-up/hair

We believe that these experiences will help the dancers engage in their relationship with
God as they pursue the dreams He has placed inside them and uniquely created them
for. Look out for our next blog when we will discuss the final part of personal identity,
namely ‘A Sense of Competence’.