What Should I Believe?
by Teresa Jackson on May 18th, 2020

I love to learn. According to the Strengths Finder Assessment test, my strong point is “Input”. No matter how many times I take the quiz, “Input” is at the top of the list. Because of that love for learning, one of my favorite hobbies is doing research on a subject. Back in the day, I would go to the library and check out as many books – all of them pertaining to the same topic -- as the librarian would allow. Sometimes, I’d throw in a novel just for fun. This was before I owned a computer or had AOL dial up. When the world wide web became available to me, I was ecstatic! Factual information was right at my fingertips, anytime, 24/7/365! Since then, I have learned there is also a great deal of commentary and opinions mixed in with the facts. Particularly when using social media. During this worldwide pandemic, I often ask myself, “What should I believe?” Should I stay home or can I have a meal at my favorite restaurant? (I really want warm chips and salsa.) Is it safe to get a haircut or should I purchase more pony tail elastics? There are opinions and data to support no matter what you choose. And, as we are bombarded with information overload on a daily basis, I encourage you to more closely examine all the information you read. As a guide, I suggest Rotary International’s “4 Way Test”, as follows:
  1. Is it the truth?
  2. Is it fair to all concerned?
  3. Will it build good will and better friendships?
  4. Will be beneficial to all concerned?
As a Rotarian, I recite this pledge most Tuesdays at lunch. It is a powerful reminder of the passages in Romans 12 that instruct us to live a life that worships God by placing the needs of others before our own.

“Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. 16 Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own estimation. 17 Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.” Romans 12: 14-18  

Easier said than done! But, if we place the good of others before our wants and opinions, we will honor God’s call to love our neighbors as ourselves. Because that is exactly when we know that we truly love God and are called according to His purpose.

I pray you remain safe, healthy, and of good cheer! Today and always! 

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