“Every day I feel is a blessing from God. And I consider it a new beginning. Yeah, everything is beautiful.” ~ Prince
Today is Christmas Day but it also marks a special day for me – it is my 200th post – so I will march on in usual fashion posting every Sunday. I am also very grateful that my family knows how important this blog is to me and that consistency has been key. I look forward to sharing posts on Sundays – things I have learned, that inspire me or that I think are messages that are beneficial to everyone’s well-being.
Given today is a little extra special, I wanted to reflect on something that this time of year often conjures up – the notion in believing. This offers a wide spectrum of interpretation from spiritual belief, to believing in Santa, to just believing in something…
I started thinking more about the concept of ‘believing’ during a dinnertime conversation with my teenagers this past week, and then very coincidentally, listened to the TED Radio Hour podcast Believers and Doubters the very next day. I really encourage you to listen to this episode – it is a nonbiased approach to the concept of believing and doubting.
One of the cardinal rules of avoiding confrontation is to not bring up religion or politics. There is good reason for this as not only do people not want to hear something contrary to their beliefs, they don’t want to question their beliefs which can certainly happen. To get a bit more granular, what is a belief?
As Billy Graham’s daughter said in the Believers and Doubters episode, ‘a belief is an intellectual ascent to the truth’. In Billy’s words in his 1998 TED Talk recorded on this same episode, ‘People want to believe in something greater than themselves’. With the fragility and uncertainty of life, it is reassuring to believe in something greater, and that there is a reason why we are here.
The beauty of belief is that we don’t need proof and this truth can be ours alone. Even someone who is agnostic, is believing in something. If you are wondering what agnostic really means, I thought it might be worthwhile to provide its definition along with others as part of the discussion courtesy of the Oxford Dictionary.
Agnostic – a person who believes that nothing is known or can be known of the existence or nature of God
Atheist – a person who disbelieves or lacks belief in the existence of God or gods
Believe – accept that (something) is true, especially without proof
Christianity – the religion based on the person and teachings of Jesus Christ, or its beliefs and practices
Faith – complete trust or confidence in someone or something
Religion – the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods
Spirituality – the quality of being concerned with the human spirit or soul as opposed to material or physical things
Yes, I Believe
First of all, I believe that there are too many things in our world that can’t be explained – both in my life and in the lives of others. The more I looked into this concept of belief, faith and spirituality, the more I realized that this topic is so vast and admittedly overwhelming, it is too hard to just dip your toe into.
Keeping it simple on this Christmas Day, I believe in the value in believing in something outside of ourselves. Whether it is God, intuition, angels, humanity or a concept such as meaning and purpose, at the end of belief lies hope, support, motivation and essentially a lot of what we want in life.
Today, many people will be celebrating Christmas with their families and loved ones, but for other people, this may just be another Sunday. No matter what your situation, I wish you all peace and the opportunity to just rest with ‘believe’.