|Welcome To The Religion Network!
I'm Lisa Bowman. The Religion Network is an interfaith web site providing inspiration, quotes and
religious resources. This Home Page is changed every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. You are warmly
invited to read every quote posted for each theme, or simply to read those that interest you. They are
offered in the belief that inspiration can be found in all spiritual faiths, and that finding the commonality
in religions is more important than pointing up the differences. Religion is precious gift that blesses the
individual and uplifts the community. However you worship, I hope this site enhances your journey. Let
us meet regularly and build a spiritual network. If you'd like to know my story, click on biography.
On Today's Theme:
When is non-action proactive and productive? When God's will
is allowed to be expressed through you. When the life force of
the Universe flows out from your heart and into the space you
occupy; when it then travels beyond what your mortal eyes
can see and dances into the infinite world of the spiritual.
Some call it divine expression, some call it purpose, some
think of it as being one with a cosmic energy. I like to think
of it as a musical synchronization with the holy Rhythm.
And when our hearts beat in time with it, and our souls
sing in harmony with the divine symphony, we are able to
fulfill our purpose as part of God's beautiful orchestration.
- Lisa Bowman
It is not so difficult to see that, in our particular world,
we all have a strong desire to accomplish something...
But although the desire to be useful can be a sign of
mental and spiritual health in our goal-oriented society,
it can also become the source of a paralyzing lack of
self-esteem. More often than not, we not only desire to
do meaningful things, but we often make the results of
our work the criteria of our self-esteem. And then we
not only have successes, we become our successes.
...When we start being too impressed by the results of
our work, we slowly come to the erroneous conviction
that life is one large scoreboard where someone is
listing the points to measure our worth. And before
we are fully aware of it, we have sold our soul to the
many grade-givers. That means we are not only in the
world, but also of the world. Then we become what
the world makes us.
Henri J. M. Nouwen (1932-1996)
Dutch priest and writer
Excerpted from "Out of Solitude,"
Ave Maria Press, 2005
Nobody ever demanded you unravel every mystery of the cosmos,
or make sense of all you learn. There are things we will come to un-
derstand and things we will never fathom in our lifetimes -- as well as
things that are just beyond the gray matter within the human skull.
As humans, we are indignant about such limitations, as though the
unknown has no right to stay unknown. As though reality is
defined by our ability to know it.
It may be hard to concede, but none of us is G-d.
Our job description is not to know all things.
Our job is only to pick up those truths we will each need
for our mission while we are here.
Courtesy of Chabad.org
Stop trying so hard to make it happen.
Stop doing so much, if doing so much is wearing you
out or not achieving the desired results. Stop thinking so
much and so hard about it. Stop worrying so about it.
Stop trying to force, to manipulate,
to coerce, or to make it happen.
Making things happen is controlling. We can take positive
action to help things happen. We can do our part. But many
of us do much more than our part...Controlling is self-defeating.
It doesn't work. By overextending ourselves, we may actually
be stopping it from happening.
Do your part in relaxed, peaceful harmony. Then let it go.
Just let it go. Force yourself to let it go, if necessary. "Act
as if." Put as much energy into letting go as you have into
trying to control. You'll get much better results.
From "The Language of Letting Go,"
by Melody Beattie
...and now, The Last Word:
Thus saith the Lord, thy redeemer, and
he that formed thee from the womb,
I am the Lord that maketh all things;
that stretcheth forth the heavens alone;
that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself.
Isaiah 44: 24
The Holy Bible
King James Version
Random Bonus Quote:
The more proud anyone is himself, the more impatient
he becomes at the slightest instance of it in other
people. And the less humility anyone has, the more
he demands and is delighted with it in other people.
William Law (1686-1761)
English divine and author