Today's Theme: Trying to Fix Others
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I'm Lisa Bowman, editor of The Religion Network, a multifaith 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.
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Published 01-17-11
On Today's Theme:

If you think about it, trying to change someone is pretty much
like trying to be a demigod. And worst of all, it doesn't work.

- Lisa Bowman

old doorway in Hungary
Photo by Lisa Bowman            All rights reserved

Dear God,

Teach me how to mind my own business!
To take care of myself! To remember that there are
certain things that certain people have to go through.

Please remind me:
That I can't fix anyone; nor can I change them,
and when there is something that others cannot do
for themselves, they need to come to You, not me!

Give me the strength to:
Hear with compassion; to watch with empathy;
to pray and trust Your merciful grace; and how
to stay put and still until You tell me to move!

Allow me to be:
A guide to the lost; a teacher to the willing;
a blessing to the meek; a tool and not a doormat!

Inspire me to:
Give and move on; share without controlling;
expect the best for others now matter how bad
it looks; and to know when I don't do it, You will!

"Faith in the Valley,"
by Iyanla Vanzant
Simon & Schuster, 1998

Window in Lucca, Italy
Photo by Stephen Bowman   All rights reserved

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon.
Where there is doubt, faith.
Where there is despair, hope.
Where there is darkness, light.
Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled,
as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.

Prayer attributed to St. Francis of Assisi (1182-1226)

...and now, The Last Word:

Grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
The courage to change the things I can;
And the wisdom to know the difference.

From a prayer by Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971)
American religious leader









































































Random Bonus Quote:

An ant on the move does more than a dozing ox.

Lao Tzu (about 6th century BC)
Ancient Chinese philosopher



On today's
Home Page:

Iyanla Vanzant;
St. Francis
of Assisi;
Reinhold Niebuhr


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