Monday, 17 October 2011

This is my creed

We all believe in something, even those of us who deny having any kind of belief. My beliefs shape and influence what I write about. Your beliefs will likewise filter what you read and how you interpret it.

I believe you have a right to know what my main influences are - and they are summed up in the Petra song: Creed, from their album Beyond Belief.

I believe in God the Father - maker of heaven and earth
And in Jesus Christ His only Son
I believe in the virgin birth
I believe in the Man of Sorrows bruised for iniquities
I believe in the Lamb who was crucified and hung between two thieves

I believe in the resurrection on the third and glorious day
And I believe in the empty tomb and the stone that the angel rolled away
He descended and set the captives free
And now He sits at God's right hand and prepares a place for me

(Chorus)
This is my creed - the witness I have heard
The faith that has endured
This truth is assured
Through the darkest ages past
Though persecuted, it will last
And I will hold steadfast to this creed

I believe He sent His Spirit to comfort and to reveal
To lead us into the truth and light, to baptize and to seal
I believe that He will come back the way He went away
And receive us all unto Himself, but no man knows the day

I believe He is the Judge of all men, small and great
The resurrected souls of men receive from Him their fate
Some to death and some to life, some to their reward
Some to sing eternal praise forever to our Lord

Words and music by Bob Hartman
(Creed Lyrics from stlyrics.com)
(Listen to Creed on YouTube)

Goal 31: To be and do all that God wants of me

Our beliefs will influence the goals we set for ourselves and even whether or not we achieve them.

If I believe that God made me to work and that by working hard I will honour him and fulfill my potential, this gives me purpose and drive. There have been times when I found myself wondering if there was any point to my existence. Motivating myself to do anything at those times was incredibly difficult.

I choose to believe God has given me purpose, that I matter to him. It's not always easy for me to believe this but it is worth the effort.

How do you find your beliefs affect your goals?

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