Today is Good Friday and I thought it would be appropriate to write a post on spirituality.
By birth or by choice, I assume that we all belong to some religion. Even if you are not Christian/Catholic I urge you to read on. This post is not specific to a religion. Rather, it’s about my observations, on the emphasis we place on religion.
#1. God, takes a backseat in our lives
Studies, work, additional income, technology, exercise, entertainment, family and friends.... Sometimes I feel 24 hours isn’t even sufficient to cater for all these. So is it a surprise that we have no ounce of time, for enriching our lives through religion?
At the end of any day, we are so tired and can only think of sleep. I don’t know about you, but the instant I get to bed, I fall asleep! Basically, there is no time to have a conversation with God.
#2. The more knowledgeable we get, the more we question our religion.
Where knowledge ends, religion begins.When you were in kindergarten, adults would have easily persuaded you. You would buy into almost anything that was told to you with conviction. Decades later, with several graduate degrees under your name, the harder this becomes. You begin to question religion and it’s teachings. You try to make sense of religion and science. Is this right or wrong? I observed. You decide.
#3. The percentage of elderly, in a place of worship
If you even visit a place of worship, you might have noticed this yourself. The majority of people present will be elderly people. May be now that they have retired, they have time on their hands. May be they feel nearer to their deathbed and feel it is time to be closer to God. May be they don’t have any responsibilities and they are just looking for some answers. Or just may be it’s a collection of all the above. I really don’t know. What do you think?
#4. We turn to God, only when we NEED something
We cruise through life, until we come to a roadblock that’s beyond our control. Your “human power” can’t get you through that. You look for answers. You ask, “Why me Lord?”
#5. You want to be more spiritual. But……..
If you have friends or family, who are more dedicated to religion than you, you might wish that you lived a similar lifestyle. You feel guilty that you don’t. You want to change. Sometimes, you do change…But it is short lived. After a while, your busy lifestyle sneaks up on you. Again, God takes a backseat.
I am sorry if this post is too blunt. This is something that had to be said. I have to shamefully admit that all what I have said above is true, for my life. What about you?
For a long time, I wanted to change that; to give religion the center stage it deserves. From time to time I did even though it was short lived. But I still keep trying. I suppose it’s never too late to put your life through a microscope. So partly, this post was my way of giving you (and me!) a little nudge towards spirituality. Did it work?
Whatever faith you are in, have faith. Sometimes, when nothing makes sense, God will.
I would like to know...
Are these observations true for you? Do you have any more to add?
Do you make time for God in your life?
If there is something you can say to help me, or anyone else in this predicament, please leave a comment.
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