Sunday, October 31, 2010

Pascal's Wager

* singing this portion of the classic gospel song "Be Grateful" *

God has not promised sunshine
because that's not the way it's going to be.

Sometimes, we have to get a little rain
mixed with God's sunshine and a little pain.

It makes me appreciate the...good times.
So, be grateful.

So, you've got to be grateful
for it will be alright.

2010 sure has been a roller-coaster ride of a year; I feel the worst of it is over. I questioned a lot of things this year and I think both my family and I have had to deal with a lot, but we proved to be stronger than our circumstances and tragedies. I'm happy now. I'm genuinely happy.

Religion is more about spirituality for me and I believe that a person can only begin to live a healthy, stress-free life once they have realized their life is beyond their physical being, and in effect, connect to their spiritual being. Being spiritually-centered is a journey that many people aren't willing to take unless they have hit rock bottom. Tragedies, job loss, divorce, break ups, terminal illnesses. I, on the other hand, use spirituality to fuel my day-to-day function and stay grounded.

When I think about my year and all the tragedies, pain, stress, etc., I can honestly say that I knew while going through it that it would get better. That type of faith in such unfortunate situations isn't easy, so thank God I had that spiritual foundation and faith that whispered to me, letting me know in times of pain that things were going to be alright.

The thing is, no matter how agnostic or apathetic we are about religion, spirituality or God, in general, the truth is at some point in your life you realize that you, yourself, are not enough. It is then that you look to something else, a higher power, a friend, or an escape. You have to decide for yourself that whatever you believe in is greater than yourself, regardless of what exactly is that you choose.

I have chosen and will continue to choose God, because He hasn't failed me yet. My personal advice is to adopt Pascal's Wager as an approach to your spiritual beliefs.

[Pascal's Wager (or Pascal's Gambit) is a suggestion posed by the French philosopher, mathematician and physicist Blaise Pascal that, even though the existence of God cannot be determined through reason, a person should wager as though God exists, because living life accordingly has everything to gain, and nothing to lose.] - from Wikipedia.

Today is October 31st, a Sunday, and I'm advocating for God. I personally believe my religion suits me and many others best, but find a religion that works for you, because if you don't believe, then there is no point in practicing it. I just want everyone to be able to have faith in something, because without faith, it's hard to navigate life without being bitter and scorned. You have to trust that divinity is working through your life and the ups and downs are building blocks of a healthy spiritual you.

Think about it...

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