I Believe In…

Elaine - Lenexa, Kansas
Entered on April 29, 2009
Age Group: Under 18
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“I Believe,” is a very demanding way to start off any sentence or story. Beliefs can be the most dangerous things in the world, or the very thing that changes it. Saying “I Believe,” can be followed by a controversial statement or it can be followed by an idea that can unit people. Stating your ideals can offend others or make you a more respected friend. Nevertheless, without beliefs the world would never have changed since the beginning of time. While many people seem to have one big story that outlines their beliefs, I do not. For me it comes down to three main categories: my personal, my spiritual, and worldly beliefs.

My personal senses are that every person should have a goal to look forward to in life. It is important that we all strive for the best education possible, so that future generations can have a better world to inhabit. This is very important to me. I consider the environment to be a gift we all have a responsibility to protect, and that genocide should not be tolerated in the twenty first century.

Spiritually, I believe in God and I believe God is love. I have all my life. Believing in God is something that was not easy all the time, especially when you hear about the evils that are out in the world. I have asked questions and some were answered, some were not. I have never doubted God, but I have doubted religion. I believe he understands all humans and rewards all good. God is much too big and mysterious for any human being to comprehend. I also believe Jesus was Christ and died for our salvation. Every thing Jesus taught on earth are universal ideals of love and peace that are timeless.

What I call worldly beliefs are what I believe at this time is the best for the world community. Recently, I went to work at a daycare center in downtown Kansas City for the working poor, it’s named Operation Breakthrough. It is a very inspiring place to be. Operation Breakthrough was started by Sister Berta and Sister Corita almost forty years ago, and now it has grown to having over 600 children enrolled with another 600 on the waiting list. I saw these children, whom were all poor, play and be so happy. They all come from bad situations, but still have a light to them that I rarely see in the people I know in my life. So I believe that the poor should be prioritized over all else in a community for it to grow stronger. We know that Christ centered everything he did around the poorest of poor in ancient Palestine.

For now, I can hold to my personal, spiritual, and worldly beliefs. Volunteering at Operation Breakthrough is just one experience that shaped my beliefs. So far their have been many small things, but I believe my life is building up to something more.