I have continued sending the members of my family notes during each weekday in Advent, and last Friday I sent them a note about my most basic beliefs, those beliefs that form the basis by which I try to live. Here's what I wrote about "my life":
First, I'm not sure that "my life" is a realistic expression. Life isn't about "me'" Life is, and if there is an "I," that "I" is a part of life. I believe that there is a great Creator that is the source of everything that is and who is a part of everything that is. I don't believe that this Creator is a puppet-master pulling the strings of each individual life, but rather that natural laws are in motion, and we are free to live in harmony with those natural laws or to interfere with them and live out of harmony with the Creative force that is inherent in everything.
I believe that within all creation, a part of the God who created everything is present, that in each of our hearts, God resides. Evil comes when we fail to listen to that of God that is within is. I believe that all life is good; it is when we refuse to listen for the voice of Good within us that we become less good.
I believe that we are part of Creation and have a responsibility to live so that the beauty of Creation is preserved. Our highest calling is to serve and honor the creative force that brought everything into being, and because that Creator caused all things to be, we do reverence to the Creator by serving and honoring that which was created. "Whoever would be great among you, must become a servant," is perhaps the most true thought one can ever have.
In a few paragraphs, those are my most basic beliefs. My prayer today is that I will live a life that is consistent with those beliefs, and that if you find some truth in them, that your life is also lived according to the truth you hold in your hearts.