Don’t bother speaking it… live it instead.

Any sentence beginning with “Religious people think…” or “Religious people are…” is merely an excuse to deny God. One that so scorns the very idea of having faith in anything greater than their own intelligence (or obvious lack thereof) that no confrontation, no matter how powerful, will ever sway them. It is always best, in every such situation, to turn and walk the other way. You are wasting your time, your breath, and hours of your life trying to convince someone who does not have an open mind to begin with, and whose only goal is to get you worked up while they sit back and laugh at your foolishness. Don’t give them the satisfaction. Spend your time serving God, and let your daily walk speak for itself. You have no need to defend the faith, merely live it. In this way, your witness is so strong that hearts can change in such a grand way that arguing and offering proof never could.

A reminder from Pirkei Avot…

Every morning, ask yourself the following questions:

1. From where did you come? (not country, your physical origin…)

2. Where are you going? (not an earthly destination…)

3. Before whom are you destined to give an accounting of your deeds?

Start your morning with these questions, and keep them in your mind throughout the day. Recalling these questions and their answer, will aide in keeping you free from sin.

Akavya ben Machalelel would say: Reflect upon three things and you will not come to sin. Know from whence you came, and to where you are going, and before whom you will give an accounting. From where did you come? From a putrid drop (semen). To where are you going? To a place of dust, maggots, and worms (the grave). Before whom will you give an accounting? Before the King of kings, the Holy One, blessed be He.” – Pirkei Avot 3:1