|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:
We build our lives little by little each day. Whether or not we are
conscious of it, each thought, each action, places another brick into
our ever-growing structure. Imagine the colorful bricks we've made
from those golden moments, from our green envy, pink gentleness
and azure inspiration! There are even probably some black anger
bricks staggered amongst the others. The more bricks of joy, rain-
bow-swirled and shining that we utilize, the better-suited the
house of our lives will be for welcoming the Divine.
- Lisa Bowman
The World We Make
We make the world in which we live
By what we gather and what we give,
By our daily deeds and the things we say,
By what we keep or we cast away.
We make our world by the beauty we see
In a skylark's song or a lilac tree,
In a butterfly's wing, in the pale moon's rise,
And the wonder that linger in midnight skies.
We make our world by the life we lead,
By the friends we have, by the books we read,
By the pity we show in the hour of card,
By the loads we life and the love we share.
We make our world by the goals we pursue,
By the heights we seek and the higher view,
By hopes and dreams that reach the sun
And a will to fight till the heights are won.
What is the place in which we dwell,
A hut or a palace, a heaven or hell,
We gather and scatter, we take and we give,
We make our world--and there we live.
Alfred Grant Walton (1887-1969)
The purpose of this life and all of its experiences is not to make ourselves
what we think we should be. It is to unfold as what we already are. We are
already powerful, divine, wise, loving beings. We are that way because of
the spirit of the Divine within us. That Spirit is always seeking expression.
We are the vehicles of that expression. As our life's experiences play out,
our responsibility is to live up to the inherent qualities of the Divine. In this
way, we will grow in our spiritual nature, expand the vision of ourselves,
and discover the meaning of life.
Excerpted from "One Day My Soul Just Opened Up,"
by Iyanla Vanzant
Simon and Schuster, 1998
...and now, The Last Word:
If you always do what you've always done,
you will always get what you've always got.
Comedienne Moms Mabley
Random Bonus Quote:
Your task is not to seek love, but merely to seek and find
all the barriers within yourself that you have built against love.
Persian Sunni Islamic jurist