Using Faith to Attain a Better Self

What do we use our faith for?

For me, I learned to use it as an anchor to steady my doubts and quiet my fears when faced with certain situations. Primarily though, I use it as a guide as I go about my day-to-day living, sorting through its lessons in making decisions, whether big or small. One very positive use of my religion for me is my resolution to be a better person. I may not always succeed but it gives me the encouragement not to stop trying and rejoice at my smallest accomplishments towards this goal.

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What Has My Faith Taught Me to Become a Better Person?

I have learned that I should not judge others especially when I am using outward signs of religiosity as standard. Make no mistake about it, performing religious acts like going to church and receiving the sacraments is very important but it does not necessarily make us better persons than who don’t. At best, this is an opportunity to remind those who may have forgotten to gently lead the way back.

I have learned the wisdom of forgiving and letting go of negative emotions. Now I understand the futility of holding on to pain, gripes, and thoughts of revenge because it is only me and my loved ones who suffer the most. I trust that justice will be done in its proper time.

Most importantly, I learned to appreciate what I have and be thankful for them. Through time, I found it a lot easier to be happy for the success of others instead of feeling bad that I didn’t get the same good fortune, knowing that what is due me is sure to come. I am thankful that I find peace in my faith as I face my everyday struggles to hopefully attain a better self.

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