Archive for October, 2010
What greater calling is there than to devote ones life to encouraging, and helping others to live their up to their full potential? For in so doing we pattern ourselves after that which was shown us by Christ. In lifting up our brothers and sisters we not only give to their lives a greater hope, but in the process our lives are enriched by them. No matter how small the deed, what we reap conditions our souls for eternity.
We have so few real choices in this life, that it is incumbent upon each and every one of us to devote every opportunity we can find to enrich the lives of ourselves and those around us with whatsoever is good, and kind, and uplifting; working all things for the Greater Good of shaping our souls. No gift of caring is too small to share with another….and the rewards reach into eternity!
John15:12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
Phil.4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
1Cor.13:13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
1John 4:12 No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.
The title of this article is from a popular song by a group called Shinedown: I am using it because it so aptly reflects the crossroads I’m at in my faith. Sometimes I think it’s necessary to say goodbye to our long held beliefs in order to have a second chance at finding truth. This is the point where I’m at now….in order to continue on in my pursuit of truth I must say goodbye to the traditional understanding of the Bible and look beyond its pages to search out what I really believe about God and the world around me.
I believe this journey can only happen when one truly steps out of the picture we’ve painted around our lives from tradition and peeks through to get a glimpse of what lies beyond….committing ones self to objectively looking at each thing we encounter. We as humans have an innate desire to discover the world around us, and most of us have a sense of goodness towards others, no matter what our religious beliefs are. So, let us regain that wonderful childlike curiosity and explore life to its fullest….who knows what treasures of truth we might find?
It is time to journey on…
For a second chance