Category Archives: religion

give it away

Stress is a strange word. People use it as a noun, a verb and an adjective in the English language. We let it consume us, change us and control us. It follows us everywhere. You can change jobs, houses, cities, even relationships but there it is. From that report you can’t seem to finish to the kid that teases your kid at school, stress can change form. It keeps you from doing things that you want to do. It can make you sleep more or not sleep at all.

The question is, how can we change clear the stress mess out of our lives? We take off our clothes at night, why not our worries and “stresses”?

We can. There is one place and one person that we can give them to. He’s waiting at the office door. He’s waiting at your car door. He’s waiting at the door to your home. He’s waiting right beside you now. Ask for his help. Give him your burdens. He will make them light.

Matthew 11:28

Just ask.

Acceptance

Faith is believing in something or someone. It doesn’t matter what it is as long as it is important to you. It could be because of the way you were brought up. It could be because of something that happened to you in your life. It could be because of something that didn’t happen to you. But everyone believes in something.

Instead of the Elf on the shelf, my kids are trying out the wandering wise men this Christmas. (I thought the “watching” elf was a little creepy.) The Little People Wise Men wandered into the ceramic nativity that I had set up. My eldest made a comment about them finding their own Jesus. It got me thinking. Everyone has their own “Jesus” that they believe in.

Christians believe in Christ. Hindus, Buddhists and Islamists each have their own deity. Atheists believe that there is no God, that’s faith in something. Why then is it so hard for individuals to accept the faith of others? Why must we tear each other apart BECAUSE of what we believe? Shouldn’t it be more important that we believe in something? That we have our own goals and reasoning? Most faiths teach understanding and enlightenment, peace and tolerance. Shouldn’t we strive to achieve these things in our individual faiths instead of trying to disprove and tear down others because they believe differently?

Why does it feel like our society is pushing us to point out our differences instead of seeing our similarities? We are all humans. We all have feelings. We all just want to be accepted and loved. Why can’t that be enough?