Faith: Appreciating the faith of others, and practicing our own.
FAITH An Acrostic Poem
Following his example.
Always praying to choose the right.
Ignoring what might lead astray.
Trying to improve each day.
Helping wherever help is needed..
Let us resolve now to do the good we can.
It is not as important what we believe, as it is important what we do
Mankind has embraced many religious faiths, including several which have laid claim to being "the only true faith."
In the Talmud is the statement that "The test of a man's life is not his theology, but his life."
If true, and I personally believe that statement to be true, then how we live our lives will ultimately determine our personal worth, not in some financial currency, but in how well we live the tenets of our faith.
No truly religious faith which guides mankind to do good can at the same time encourage doing nothing, or doing evil.
If those who know to do good in the world do nothing, or less than they can, those who do evil will triumph for a time. We need not learn old lessons all over again. The time to do good is now, and always.
Mankind's opportunities to be helpful, kind, tolerant of others, forgiving, patient, and to be righteous examples to others, are infinite in this modern world of today.
Can we afford to hamper such efforts simply because another human being's religious faith is not identical to our own? If we want others to share our faith, might we do better to show that our own faith leads us to improve ourselves through our selfless service to others?
Each day we face many choices. One of the most important is how we will use the gift of today. Doing nothing is not an available choice. We will do something, and according to our individual faiths what we do will either be worthy or unworthy of the gift of today.
At the end of today we will have to live with the choices we made during the day, and hope for the gift of a tomorrow in which we can make even better choices.
A Haiku - Mankind
Changing for good or for bad.
Never the same man.
Our thoughts are mother to our deeds; may they be pure and righteous.
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