Hypocrisy

“No Religion” is the third largest religious group following Christians and Muslims.

The “unaffiliated category” covers all those who profess no religion, from atheists and agnostics to people with spiritual beliefs but no link to any established faith.

Hypocrisy is keeping a lot of people away from the Christian church for a myriad of reasons.  I am in no way an expert and due to chemotherapy I have a terrible memory, having memorized scripture as a child, I cannot bring one to memory.  I’m not the person to have a conversation with regarding the history of Christianity, which IS one of the reasons many turn away.

But hypocrisy seems to be a big player in these decisions to not follow a particular faith.

Believing one thing, acting like or saying something different.  Or vice versa.

Part of my spiritual journey was learning whether or  not I could stand on the foundation of my faith.  Did I believe what I felt and said I believed?  It turns out I do, and I do.

Having been through ovarian cancer, a gigantic tumor removed and chemotherapy received; I feel I have been healed by faith.  I love this little sentence so much, I’m having it tattooed on my wrist.

Granted, there are a lot of reasons for not being involved in a church; but my advice to you — is keep going, trying new faiths, churches, go with a friend, etc.  I was baptized and confirmed a Lutheran.  I’m now an Episcopalian with ties to the Catholic church and socialization with my UU’er friends (Unitarian Universalist).

For me, I need to be spiritually fed, believe in my spiritual leaders and advisers, feel I could bring ANY friend of mine to the church and learn more about the magnificence of God!

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Pieces of Humility

Oh the irony!!!! While perusing our church’s small library, I was asked if I was looking for a specific subject; I held my breath for a second; hmmm……how best to answer this?  Well, yes, I’m looking for a book on “Humility.”

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Touchy subject, isn’t it?  For some, they may feel “right” or “deserving” of something or someone.  Others might feel that pride is what we’ve been taught at home; “take pride in what you are doing,” etc.

Mother Teresa would say that humility is climbing a ladder.

  1. Do not speak of yourself
  2. Mind your own business
  3. Do not manage the affairs of others
  4. Avoid curiosity
  5. Accept contradictions and corrections cheerfully
  6. Pass over the mistakes of others
  7. Accept insult and injury
  8. To accept being slighted, forgotten and disliked
  9. To be kind and gentle, even under provocation
  10. Do not stand on your dignity
  11. To choose “always the hardest”

Wise and perhaps sorrowful woman at times?  How could she have walked this path that is so foreign to most of us.  She began as a human being-same as us.  She just took the vow to follow Jesus at any cost, as a complete promise.  Complete.

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Is (learning) to become humble, an easier “New Year’s resolution” than dieting or some other life change?  Here’s to those who are willing to share in the experiment with me!

 

Pieces of Thanksgiving

While exploring the various celebrations of Thanksgiving in the U.S., I discovered I didn’t know actual facts.  If you are interested in the true meaning, read on:  Why we celebrate Thanksgiving

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Tomorrow many people will sit down with family and friends and share in the gifts of food, laughter and conversation.  Some are serving our country, working in public service, or it’s just their regularly scheduled shift and will have a warmed up plate at home.

Whatever and wherever you find yourself, the gift (meaning) of thanksgiving is much more than pumpkin pie and turkey.  The word “thanksgiving” is used 29 times in the bible, and over 156 times in conjunction with other words: “thankful” “thankfulness,” etc.

Psalm 100:4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

Psalm 26:7 That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works.
2 Corinthians 4:15 For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.

May this prayer be yours:

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Location pieces

You’ve heard it before: Location, location, location.  Where  your business is located, or your home, the school your children attend, walking distance from here to there — depends greatly on location.

I have finally after 52 years, GOT THE LESSON!!!  It does not matter where you worship; it merely matters THAT YOU DO!!!

Yesterday I was pleasantly surprised that a church I had attended previously; had me clapping and singing with a rousing rendition of “I’ve got peace like a river.”  During the service, various members shared memories of loved ones who had passed; in honor of “Day of the Dead.”

The part that I finally GOT was that it does not matter where you “go,”  — sure you might have your favorite church, people you know that pray regularly and have bible study groups, but if you happen to find yourself some place different — you can be guaranteed that God is there.  He was “so there” yesterday it kind of blew my mind.

It's not about the church meeting your needs; it's about joining the mission of God's people to meet the world's needs. - Brian D. McLaren

It really never is about where you go, or that you go, or that you should.  God is already in your heart, so wherever you are; He is also.

On the other side of the coin; belonging to – or attending church on a given day is an incredible blessing.

Romans 1:11-12 For I long to visit you so that I can impart to you the faith that will help your church grow strong in the Lord. Then, too, I need your help, for I want not only to share my faith with you but to be encouraged by yours: Each of us will be a blessing to the other.
Ephesians 4:15-16 Instead, we will lovingly follow the truth at all times—speaking truly, dealing truly, living truly—and s  o become more and more in every way like Christ who is the Head of his body, the Church. Under his direction, the whole body is fitted together perfectly, and each part in its own special way helps the other parts, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.