Well we're still here. The Solstice has passed...the 13th baktun has ended and a new one begun. Whew!!
Apparently 1/10 Canadians believed that the world was actually going to end. I wonder what they were doing today. I've met a couple of folks who said they believed, but their actions said otherwise. They went to work, they've bought Christmas presents, they've generally lived life no differently than before. I gotta think that if they really believed, I mean really, really believed, then this belief would be manifested in how they lived. We would be able to tell that there was something different.
I suppose it's the same with many people that identify themselves as religious of one sort or another. I'll speak of Christians specifically since that's the community of faith that I am a part of. Too often we are no different than the main-stream culture that we are surrounded by. We get caught up in all the same worries, strive after all the same things, and generally if we didn't go around claiming to be a Christian, no one would be able to tell anything was different about us. I think it's a far cry from the counter-cultural lifestyle we probably should be living. If we truly believe all that we say we do, then shouldn't the way we live reflect those beliefs?
We should be known for our love for one another. In a world that generally emphasizes looking out for the great and mighty "I" we should be looking out for and watching for opportunities to serve others. Instead of pride we should practice humility...we are easily offended because of our pride. We become indignant and defensive rather than forgiving. We let the worries of this world and the lust for more stuff rob of us our joy, contentment and peace.
There should be a connection between how you behave and what you believe. It's easy to get swept up and away in the inertia of it all, but we
really ought to pause and consider how our beliefs and convictions are
manifested in our actions and lifestyle. If our beliefs and actions are
incongruous then there will be dissonance. Where there is harmony, there is peace.