Welcome To The Religion Network!
I'm Lisa Bowman, editor of The Religion Network, a multi-faith Web site. This site provides inspirational quotes through an
exploration of a new spiritual theme every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The Religion network is offered with the
conviction that inspiration can be found in all spiritual faiths, and furthermore, that finding the commonalities
among the world's religions is more healing than pointing up their differences.
Religion as an institution is a precious gift, blessing individuals and uplifting communities. However you choose to
worship, I hope this site enhances your journey. If you'd like to know my story, click on biography.
ON TODAY'S SITE:
Reinhold Niebuhr, John Quincy Adams, Book of Proverbs, Atisha, Charles Spurgeon, C. S. Lewis
We tend to think of our lives as linear, which is why
it appears that circumstances keep throwing us curve
balls. It is more productive to look at one's life as a
circle that plays out in many ways each day: in striving
and surrender; release and security; challenge and
serenity. A dear friend once shared with me the two
simplest prayers in the world. The morning prayer is
'Whatever, Lord,' and the evening prayer is 'Enough,
Lord.' What perfect equilibrium.
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God grant me the serenity to accept things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life and
supremely happy with Him forever in the next.
Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971)
A Protestant theologian born in Missouri, Niebuhr
focused on the human condition and was socially
and politically active his whole life.
Patience and Perseverance have a magical effect before
which difficulties and obstacles vanish.
John Quincy Adams (1767-1848)
Sixth President of the United States
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The preparations of the heart in man,
and the answer of the tongue, is from the Lord.
All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes;
but the Lord weigheth the spirits.
Commit they works unto the Lord,
and thy thoughts shall be established.
The Lord hath made all things for himself:
yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.
A man's heart deviseth his way:
but the Lord directeth his steps.
King James Version
The greatest achievement is selflessness.
The greatest worth is self-mastery.
The greatest quality is seeking to serve others.
The greatest precept is continual awareness.
The greatest medicine is the emptiness of everything.
The greatest action is not conforming with the world's ways.
The greatest magic is transmuting the passions.
The greatest generosity in non-attachment.
The greatest goodness is a peaceful mind.
The greatest patience is humility.
The great effort is not concerned with results.
The greatest meditation is a mind that lets go.
The greatest wisdom is seeing though appearances.
Born into a region now part of Bangladesh,
Atisha reintroduced pure Buddhism into Tibet.
If we cannot believe God when circumstances seem to be
against us, we do not believe Him at all.
Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892)
An enormously popular pastor and writer in England,
Spurgeon often preached to crowds of over 10,000.
The Last Word:
There are two kinds of people: those who say to God,
"Thy will be done," and those to whom
God says, "All right, then, have it your way."
C.S. Lewis (1898-1963)
Writer and scholar, author of 'The Chronicles of Narnia.'