I believe the entire universe was created for our joy. Yet, most of us live lives of fear and insecurity, preferring the cramped confines of our little boxes to the freedom of the unknown.
Life in all its fullness will never be found in a box. Only when we have the courage and the audacity to escape the rigid prisons of our own design will we finally experience the glorious freedom for which we were created.
The path to true joy follows the edge. And that path can never be found while in the false comfort of a box, even one made of gold. Jump out of your boxes and into a creation waiting to grant you “joy unspeakable and full of glory.” You won’t regret it.
“Ray Buchanan founded Rise Against Hunger (formerly Stop Hunger Now) and retired in 2015. Comments made on this site are the sole expression of the author, are not made on behalf of the organization, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the organization.”
Praying for the hungry means feeding the hungry. Pope Francis has it right. This is how prayer works. Caring enough to pray for the hungry means little if our compassion isn’t deep enough to lead us to action.
We can, and we should, end hunger in the next 15 years. Working together we can change the world forever. Praying for the hungry is necessary to make it happen. Feeding the hungry is necessary to make it happen. Changing our values and our consumer-oriented and our wasteful lifestyles are all also necessary.
The key to ending hunger in our lifetime is taking action. We just need to care enough to act.
“It’s an universal law– intolerance is the first sign of an inadequate education. An ill-educated person behaves with arrogant impatience, whereas truly profound education breeds humility.” – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Intolerance is a sign of inadequacy, and not just of education. Intolerance is also a sign of a shallow and superficial spirituality.
We also need to be keenly aware that intolerance comes from a foundation of fear and demonstrates a private sense of inadequacy that is masked behind the arrogance.
Intolerance is not a characteristic of a good leader. This is something that bears watching in our country’s new leaders.
All of us are part of one human family. And we are all bound to our four-legged and winged family as well. In fact all living beings are connected on this beautiful planet we call home.
This coming year is a new opportunity to be aware of how all life is connected. It’s a new chance to live in gratitude and deep appreciation for the gifts we have been given. This new year is a time for us to save ourselves by saving each other as we all work together to save our planet.