a sweating Buddha

“A Buddha is not the one who sits quietly in a remote world of enlightenment. A Buddha is one who never ceases to take on challenges, who goes among those who are suffering and sweats and toils for their happiness.” — President Daisaku Ikeda, Soka Gakkai International

I would just add that a Christian is not one who claims to follow Jesus Christ but does not love those around herself or himself as Christ loves. True spirituality, regardless of the faith tradition we choose to follow, requires a lifestyle of obedience to the teachings of our faith. For Christians that means reaching out to the poor, the hungry and the oppressed wherever, whenever, and however we can.

Ikeda is absolutely correct. If we are not “going among those who are suffering,” the depth of our discipleship must be questioned.  Faithfulness demands that our actions demonstrate what we say we believe. The things we do and the way we live says who we really are and what we truly believe.

Belief not translated into action is not belief. What does your life show that you believe?