Today's Theme: NEED A GOLD STAR?
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Welcome To The Religion Network!

I'm Lisa Bowman, editor of The Religion Network, a multi-faith Web site. We provide inspirational
quotes by exploring a new theme every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. This site is offered in 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 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 Theme:

Have you ever gotten choked up by your own kindness?
Swelled with emotion over a good deed's effect? Or perhaps
instead, have you ever felt miffed at someone's less-than-
effusive gratitude for goodness you've performed for them?

Unless you're a walking saint, the answer is yes. And that's
a real clue that your motivation to do good was less than
heavenly; that pride or self-righteousness was involved.

It'd be nice to get little gold stars for doing kindnesses. At
least, I'd like it. But dogs get treats for doing tricks. We're
supposed to find a deeper reason for being good to others.
It's not like God has been stingy with His blessings to us!

- Lisa Bowman

Every living being is accountable and
responsible to their Creator to treat others in the way
they would want to be treated, under all circumstances,
in all situations. For these actions we should expect no
rewards or recognition. It's called, "Love thy neighbor."
It would be nice to be acknowledged, but it is dysfunc-
tional to believe that people are indebted to you for what
you do for them. Beneath it all is the often unrecognized,
hard-to-face truth that when we expect someone else to
make us feel good about what we do, chances are we
have done it for the wrong reasons...

What I discovered and used to cure my dysfunction
was that when I gave something or did something with
an unstated intent of making me feel good, no amount
of recognition made me feel better or more appreciated.
I guess it's like my mother always said, "If you have to
ask for something you need, you really don't need it
because God already knows your needs before you ask."

Excerpted from "One Day My Soul Just Opened Up"
by Iyanla Vanzant
A Fireside Book, 1998


Surely you should break your bread for the hungry, and
bring the moaning poor (to your) home; when you see a
naked person, clothe him; and do not hide yourself from
your kin. Then your light will burst out like the dawn and
your healing will speedily sprout; your righteous deed will
precede you and the glory of Hashem will gather you in.

Isaiah 58: 7-9
The Stone Edition Tanach
Mesorah Publications, Ltd.

But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know
what thy right hand doeth:
That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which
seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.

Matthew 6: 3-4
Holy Bible
King James Version



Paul said, "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who
blessed us." "Hath" is not a word that relates to the "sweet by-and-by"
or "somewhere
on the other side." "Hath" is past tense. The blessings God
has prepared for us have already been put into place. This is a finished work.
It is complete, settled, over, and
done with. The blessings of God are not
rooted in our
expectation or hope, but in a heaven reality. From God's
viewpoint, we possess the land of blessing right now.

Excerpted from "Six Pillars from Ephesians: Loved by God,"
by T. D. Jakes
Bethany House,  2000


...and now,
The Last Word:

Sometimes I go about in pity for myself, and all the while
A great wind is bearing me across the sky.

Saying of the Ojibwa (aka the Chippewa)








































































Random Bonus Quote:

My life has been one great big joke,
a dance that's walked
a song that's spoke,
I laugh so hard
I almost choke
when I think about myself.

Maya Angelou


On today's
Home Page:

Iyanla Vanzant;
Book of Isaiah;
Book of Matthew;
T. D. Jakes,
Ojibwa saying


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