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:
Max Lucado, The Buddha, Melody Beattie, Lao Tzu
Worry and fear are conjoined pests. We worry about something that could happen because
we fear it happening. If it actually happens, of course, we no longer worry about it, because
now it needs to be dealt with. So did we achieve anything by worrying about it in advance?
We can spin our wheels in the dirt if we really want to, of course. But it wastes gas.
It also announces to God that we don't trust him to take care of us.
Santa Monica Pier, CA Photo by Chuck Bowman All rights reserved
Are you tied up in knots? "Cast all your anxiety on him
because he cares for you" (1 Peter 5:7 NIV). Strong verb
Not place, lay, or occasionally offer. Peter
enlisted the same verb Gospel writers used to describe the
way Jesus treated demons. He cast them out. An authorita-
tive hand on the collar, another on the belt, and a "Don't
come back." Do the same with your fears. Get serious
with them. Immediately cast them upon God.
Worry is an option, not an assignment. God can lead you
into a worry-free world. Be quick to pray. Focus less on
the problems ahead and more on the victories behind. Do
your part and God will do his. He will guard your heart
with peace...a peace that passes understanding.
Excerpted from "Come Thirsty,"
by Max Lucado
W Publishing Group, 2004
Agenda for today: breathe out, breathe in, breathe out.
The Buddha (c. 563 - c. 483 BC)
Indian spiritual teacher
What if we knew for certain that everything
we're worried about today will work out fine?
What if...we had a guarantee that the problem bothering
us would be worked out in the most perfect ways, and at
the best possible time? Furthermore, what if we knew
that three years from now, we'd be grateful for
that problem, and its solution?...
What if...we had a guarantee that the people we love are
experiencing exactly what they need in order to become who
they're intended to become? Further, what if we had a
guarantee that others can be responsible for themselves,
we don't have to control or take responsibility for them?
What if...we knew everything was okay, and we didn't
have to worry about a thing? What would we do then?
We'd be free to let go and enjoy life.
Excerpted from "The Language of Letting Go,"
by Melody Beattie
Those who are always preoccupied with
something cannot enjoy the world.
Lao Tzu (6th century BC)
Ancient Chinese philosopher
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The Last Word:
Today, I will know that I don't have to worry
about anything. If I do worry, I will do it with
the understanding that I am choosing to
worry, and it is not necessary.
From "The Language of Letting Go,"
by Melody Beattie
Totally Random Bonus Quote:
When I was a little boy, they called me a liar.
But now that I am grown up, they call me a writer.
Isaac Bashevis Singer (1902-1991)
Nobel Prize in Literature, 1978