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Friday, March 28, 2014

Practicing My Religion

by Brad Duncan, March 28, 2014

practice makes perfect, they say
so how do I practice my religion?

i see two different ways, and you can't have them both.

i can practice and practice
to be a disciplined kung fu master of my religion
got all the right moves, got control of myself, got strength and power
got deep knowledge and wisdom, can recite many words
got peace and harmony, but fiercely defend my cause when i need to
in fact, i vow to use my religion only for defense, never violence
i can teach others in my spiritual dojo
helping them find their weaknesses and building their discipline
while constantly reinforcing and improving my own art form
of practicing my religion

or i can practice and practice
to serve selflessly and to see the creator in all that is good
got to love some enemies to do that, got to take the weak road at times
got humility that grows the more you seek deep knowledge
got peace and harmony, but only because i have accepted others
in the slippery slope of messy humanity, i vow to appreciate differences
i can teach others and learn equally from them, not fix them
sharing our weaknesses and admitting our needs
my art form is kindness toward the powerless, the widows and orphans
practice makes perfect, they say
so that's how I practice my religion

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