Simple Thinking……

toleranceI believe It truly is that simple. I know there are people who feel it is their “station” in life that makes them better than others and more deserving of things. That by birth (or belief) they’re entitled to certain rights and privileges that others are not. That their way is the right way, etc…… I just don’t agree. I guess I am lucky to have been born American and that is why I stay here, I want the freedom to believe this even if you don’t.

I believe whatever I’m entitled to in life, I can’t judge another to be less entitled, less deserving of the same things.  I guess that is why I love this quote.   The word tolerance is a good word yet I feel it being turned around. Every day I feel the word is becoming something akin to racist or bigot. Maybe it is just me…maybe I am overly sensitive, but I feel I hear this word being used by some people to describe a person who is less than desirable, someone who is slipping away from their faith and from God. Again it may be me or may be a religion thing….I don’t know.

What I do know is I love diversity. I love a good (friendly) debate. I love exploring different faiths and the people who are a part of them: and those who have no faith; at least in a deity. I love different people..cultures, thoughts, beliefs.

I want people to tolerate my right to love these things and I will do the same in return. And if you can forgive me my overly passionate writing, then all the better!!  :)

I spoke to a good friend this morning, he and I have different beliefs, yet we have great conversations and I consider him a good friend and a wise man. I love that we can speak on these subjects and we have tolerance and beyond that…we have a friendship forged out of a common interest and love for humanity. I encourage him and he encourages me.  And we both have a hope for humanity and this hope, whether it is faith-based or man-based, is a hope none the less and it encourages me!

I can ask for no more than to be encouraged in life. I want to wake up each morning knowing there is hope! And I am blessed to see it daily.  I want to believe where there is love there is hope, I will continue to write each day about this love and this hope.

I feel things in life, things that I can’t see, the thing I feel most is love!!  And that gives way to hope.

Naive? Maybe so…..I am OK with that!!  The pure joy I feel when I wake up is because of this feeling, this knowing, God has breathed into my soul this….thing. And I honor it and Him. I always will.  So naïve it is!!

To Heal The Wounded Soul….

Originally posted on Healing the Wounded Soul:

kindtoyourselfStart with kindness….to yourself. We are too harsh on US. Begin to heal by forgiving you and learning to love again.  Kindness towards others is amazing!! But kindness to YOURSELF, is absent and hard to do at times. You are not alone in this; there are many, many, who can’t look in the mirror and say “I Love YOU” and really mean it.  One of the things that is your obstacle is the baggage of self-doubt and fear that was given to you by those who hurt you.  The gift you need now is the gift you can give to yourself; forgive, love, kindness.

One step at a time. Learn to look at you and love what you see. Just say it every day and eventually you will start to believe it.

Give kindness to yourself today. You are so worth it!

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What’s Love Got To Do With It?

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Love is the way by which others will know you. John 13:35 “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

Lately I have found myself in many conversations with people from all walks of life, those with faith in a higher power and those with no faith in any higher power. These conversations, of late, seem to be taking on a pattern-love.

Conversations
We seem to be talking more and more about what love means to society and specifically what love,or the lack there of, means to religions of all faiths. Or better- what it means to non-believers when they see people of faith exhibiting, what looks to them, to be a lack of love for others, even hate. This is so important a subject to me and my friends (acquaintances) that we need to put aside our worries of what others may think and have this conversation.

PC Conversations
In the world today we see a lot of overly sensitive people who can’t seem to have a conversation, especially if the conversation is critical of others, or their ways. We are a world of overly sensitive PC connectedness people. Afraid to offend anyone, even if what we have to say is only about love.

What do I mean? Well, I want to be able to say (usually through writing) that when I see/read someone doing something in the name of God that is mean-spirited or lacking in love; it leaves a bad taste in my mouth! And what it does to non-believers or new believers is another story! One which I take very seriously. I want to be able to say, when I see someone invoke the name of God to bash a particular group, that I think not only is it wrong, but I think it does exactly the opposite of what we are here to do- we are here to lead people to faith,but our behavior drives people away from faith. It seems to me that any time I open my mouth in a public forum to say “I think showing intolerance in the name of God is wrong and counterproductive” I get bashed! I am going to hell because apparently I am a sympathizer! I am soft! I walk the middle of the road and that is a dangerous place to be, It is funny, because I thought I exhibited unconditional love. I didn’t know that was wrong.

In Love I Say
So with love I want to be able to say to you that when you bash others, when you tell people their way of thinking or living is not the correct way; you are not doing a good thing. You are being judgmental. Judgement never looks good on anyone. Am I being judgmental in saying this? I guess so. And truth is I try not to write about such things too often. Because I do feel hypocritical. But sometimes it is needed. And if we are afraid to stand up for love-then what hope is there? I guess that is why I am writing this in the first place.

It Can Be So Subtle
I know people who speak hate filled words, criticize others and have no thought of it being wrong. They just feel they are doing their “religious” duty! They read things like this and think it is not about them. Or just feel what I say is wrong. Sometimes this behavior can be so subtle that they don’t even know they are doing it! But aware or not; others will see it. And maybe even worse is the ones who will see it may be the ones you’re meant to influence; the ones you are meant to lead to God.

I just want to say, in love, that when we bash others, when we criticize, when we can’t help but be intolerant of differences, it does not invoke love and it doesn’t matter how many times you say you do this in the name of God; hate is hate. Love is love. There is a difference, you can put a mask on it and call it religion, but the truth will be seen by the people who matter; the very people you are here to lead.

We’re supposed to lead by example.

WWJD indeed!

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