Religion is something that I think is truly personal to each person, and is not something that I believe needs to be worn on your sleeve like some kind of badge. It’s my opinion that no faith is wrong, and that our relationship with God, is not one that needs to make the Sunday edition. Or one that everyone should believe in exactly the same way like a special ‘We’re better than the other guy,” club.
I believe that a truly faithful person, has no need to coerce, threaten or cajole another person into their beliefs. I do realize though, that my perspective is unique. I was born Jewish, raised Christian and Catholic, and adopted Buddhist, so believe in a little bit of all of them.
But, there are some times in our lives, when we don’t know what will happen, and that the only way to get through these times is to simply, have faith. For me, having faith, means that I believe that God loves me enough to take care of me financially, and in a way that will bring me the most joy (and allow me to bring that joy to others too). For me, having faith means simply trusting, that even though I may not be able to control an outcome, that everything, really will be ok – and might even be a lot better than that!
I’ve always prayed a lot, but I’ve been praying a lot to my birth-mother who passed on a few years ago. I guess I don’t know if it’s still a prayer if it’s to a relative, but it feels like one to me. So, whether or not it’s true, I believe my Mom is watching over me with her huge, happy, and gorgeous smile, and also trying to pave the way for me to be as happy as I can in this lifetime.
My adopted father is not one who believes in God, and, I think that if he read this, he’d think less of me. For him, I think, religion is all make-believe – because faith to him, is not scientific and cannot be verified by results. He’s never shaken hands with a God, has never seen one coming out of the clouds, and has never had any reason to believe in a heaven.
But, that being as it is, I don’t really think that his beliefs are wrong either, or that mine are more right. I don’t believe that we all have different personalities and strengths, only for us to all believe the exact same things, or to think the exact same ways. And I don’t think we have to see God, to feel him or to know him in our own ways.
Or to not feel him at all – each to their own, you know?
But, for me, faith is highly important, and my personal faith keeps me strong in situations like today’s where I know what I want to happen, but I don’t know what will happen. All I can do is to have faith that everything is going to be great, because in my world, God is pretty cool.
All best to you,