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Welcome To The Religion Network!

I'm Lisa Bowman. The Religion Network is an interfaith web site providing daily inspiration,
quotes and religious resources. Faith and religion are precious gifts that bless.
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.

Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say
unto you,The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth
the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also
doeth the Son likewise...

I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my
judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the
will of the Father which hath sent me. If I bear witness of
myself, my witness is not true.

John 5: 19, 30-31
The Holy Bible
King james Version


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

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 over-
extending 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
Hazeldon, 1990

A carpenter and his apprentice were walking together
through a large forest. And when they came across a
tall, huge, gnarled old, beautiful oak tree, the carpenter
asked his apprentice, "Do you know why this tree is so
tall, so huge, so gnarled, so old and so beautiful?" The
apprentice looked at his master and said:
"Well," the carpenter said, "because it is useless. If it
had been useful it would have been cut long ago and
made into tables and chairs, but because it is
useless it could grow tall and so beautiful
that you can sit in its shade and relax."

A Tao story retold in:
"Out of Solitude,"
by Henri J. M. Nouwen
Ave Maria Press, 2005


We are responsible for what we are, and
whatever we wish ourselves to be, we have the
power to make ourselves. If what we are now has
been the result of our own past actions, it certainly
follows that whatever we wish to be in the future
can be produced by our present actions;
so we have to know how to act.

Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902)
Founder of the Ramakrishna
Order of Monks


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


And now, the Last Word:

Good morning.
This is God!
I will be handling all your problems today.
I will not need your help ----
so have a great day.

































































Bonus quote:
We should train ourselves to think in grand terms:
Eternity! Infinity!

Paramahansa Yogananda (1893-1952)
Indian Hindu guru