I was also thinking about all the tweets and facebook posts I’ve read saying “Our prayers are with the people of Oklahoma,” or “May God be with the people affected by the devastation in Oklahoma.”
Now, it’s no secret to those who know me well that I am not a religious man. I went to eight years of Catholic grade school. Among the things I learned — how to feel guilty and what a hypocrite looks like. I went to church almost every day for most of my childhood. Now I only step in a church if somebody I know dies or gets married. Me and religion just don’t see eye to eye.
That doesn’t mean I hold anything against those who are true believers. In fact, I admire them for their faith and dedication. There are times when I wish I could just let go and believe in something other than what I see. But that’s not who I am or how I’m wired. And for those who think I’m going to hell because of that, they might do well to worry a little more about who they are before they condemn others. Judge not lest ye be judged, right?
I guess you could say my faith is based on hope. But the one thing I know for sure is that I don’t know for sure. None of us do.
My point is this — I feel that if we would all spend more time looking inside ourselves for strength and answers and less time looking somewhere else, the world just might be a better place. No matter what you believe, ask yourself if there’s something more you could be doing to make a difference — in the world we live in right here, not the one that might be. Because the world we live in right here keeps getting scarier.
If praying is your thing, that’s great. If it works, even better. But don’t forget to have faith in the one thing that’s here for sure — you.
That’s what I think. Don’t judge me. Don’t try to save me. Just respect me for what I believe. And I’ll do the same for you.JS