Welcome To The Religion Network!
I'm Lisa Bowman, editor of The Religion Network, a multi-faith Web site. This site provides inspirational quotes through an
exploration of a new spiritual theme every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The Religion network is offered with 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 a 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 SITE:
Simon Jacobson, The Rebbe, Melody Beattie, Max Lucado,
Paramahansa Yogananda, Ancient Egyptian Inscription, Erica Jong
The Blame Game began with the apple in the Garden: God confronts Adam,
saying, "Who told you you were naked? You have eaten, then, from the tree
of which I had forbidden you to eat!" Adam doesn't take responsibility...oh,
no. He blames Eve! "The woman whom you put here with me--she gave me
fruit from the tree, and so I ate it."
God next turns to Eve: "Why did you do
such a thing?" Does Eve own up? Nah. She answers, "The serpent tricked
me into it, so I ate it."
Nice tries, Adam and Eve...worthy of a six-year-old!
Except that we all still do it; blaming everyone and everything we can think
of for our failures to live the way we know we should, and can. And our
excuses aren't any better than those God heard in the Garden of Eden!
The Lord must shake His head and sigh over all the blaming He hears.
And so today, we're stepping up to the plate. We're taking responsibility
for our lives and rejoicing in the mud it shakes off our soul when we do!
Photo by Lisa Bowman All rights reserved
We all reach a point in our lives when we realize that if
we don't take responsibility for ourselves, no one will...
...G-d created us for a reason--to actively pursue a virtuous life
and perfect this imperfect world. To that end, responsibility is
a basic human need, just like food or oxygen, we cannot
fulfill or justify our existence without it...
Your first responsibility is to yourself, for you can hardly
hope to civilize the world at large if your own life is out of
sync. We are all responsible for our own conduct; you can-
not blame anyone else for your decisions or actions. You
cannot blame your parents or your teachers, your employers
or your leaders. Nor can you blame G-d for making life so dif-
ficult. No matter how intimidating any obstacle may seem,
G-d would not have placed it in your path without also
providing you with the abilities to overcome it. There-
fore, it is your responsibility to do so. You--and no one
else--are responsible for what you make of your life.
Excerpted from "Towards a Meaningful Life:
The Wisdom of the Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson,"
by Simon Jacobson
Perennial Currents, 2002
We feel safe around direct, honest people. They speak
their minds, and we know where we stand with them...
Directness saves time and energy. It removes us as victims.
It dispenses with martyrdom and games. It helps us own
our power. It creates respectful relationships.
It feels safe to be around direct, honest people. Be one.
Excerpted from "The Language of Letting Go,"
by Melody Beattie
Photo by Lisa Bowman All Rights Reserved
You aren't stuck in the real world. Just the opposite,
you are one step away from the house of God. Wherever
you are. Whatever time it is. Whether in the office on
Thursday or at soccer practice on Saturday, you are only
a decision away from the presence of your Father.
Excerpted from "The Great House of God,"
by Max Lucado
W Publishing Group, 1997
Millions of people live a one-sided life and pass on its
incompleteness. God has given each of us a soul, a mind
and a body, which we should try to develop uniformly.
If you have led a life dominated by worldly influences,
do not let the world impose its delusions on you any
longer. You should control your own life henceforth;
you should become ruler of your own mental king-
dom. Fears, worries, discontent and unhappiness
all result from a life uncontrolled by wisdom.
Paramahansa Yogananda (1893-1992)
Excerpted: Lessons from Self Realization Fellowship
You will be truly free when you learn to be impartial
and undeterred from following the dictates of your
conscience. This is the way of *Maat.
Ancient Egyptian temple inscription
*Maat is the ancient Egyptian Goddess of
truth, order, justice and morality
The Last Word:
Take your life in your own hands
and what happens? A terrible
thing: no one is to blame.
Erica Jong (1942 - )
Random Bonus Quote:
Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities. Truth isn't.
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) (1835-1910)