A Day in the Life

Homeschooling and Medieval Living

Testing

on January 24, 2013

Generally people think of religion as, by definition, something that you take on faith. And indeed most religious questions aren’t subject to scientific testing—there isn’t an experiment that will prove or disprove the existence of God or an afterlife. And yet, our religious convictions are only really meaningful if they hold up in the context of our lives and our other beliefs, to the tests of whether  they make sense and whether they help us to live better lives.

What religious beliefs have changed for you as you’ve tested them against your life and values?

Today, I am going to do something a bit different. I read the Daily Compass for today and I have thought about it a great deal. But, I have decided not to post my thoughts here. It is just a bit too personal. I first started journaling in high school for my creative writing class. I had to. It was an assignment. Then, I noticed how cathartic it was for me. My dad was in the Navy and we moved A LOT. I had trouble making and keeping friends. There was no social media or email back then. I wrote letters, but I rarely received responses. I kept in contact with one friend through her dad’s ham radio.  But, on the whole, I was by myself. I did not even have any brothers or sisters. So, I wrote. It was very personal and private. Years later, I got married and had kids. My journaling habits went by the wayside. I would go months (or even years) without writing a single thing. I would eventually lose my journal all-together. then, I discovered blogging. I have started several blogs in the past, but gave up on them. I never knew what to write and my personal life was – well – too personal. I am always afraid that I will hurt someone’s feelings. I never want to write about something that will upset someone. I am so jealous of those who can write and not worry about it. Their blogs are so free and great to read. My fear is what kept me from writing about today’s Daily Compass. You see, I am a Unitarian Universalist (in case you haven’t figured that out by now). But, all my relatives are Baptist. I do not agree with them on many issues. I began my childhood thinking that everyone was right. I thought that I should follow what I was told or I would “go to Hell”.  After I got married, I started looking for a group/church/circle who would welcome me for me. I wanted a faith that was open and welcoming. I wanted a faith/religion that was very open and did not judge. I had had too much judging in my family and their churches. Everyone seemed so hypocritical. I wanted something different. So, I attended the First Jefferson UU Church of Fort Worth. I loved it. I felt like I had come home. The people there loved me and I love them. I have since moved too far from that church, but I have found another UU church. I found the church of the Larger Fellowship. It is an online UU church. There are live streaming services every Sunday and Monday. It is open and welcoming. No one is judged.  They believe in a universal salvation and so do I.

Well, it seems like I have answered the Daily Blog after all. And I feel better for it. I guess I just have to be me. Either people will like me or they won’t. I have to quit worrying about it. It is so hard though. I just gotta have faith.

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