Posted in Blogging, Inspiration, spirituality

Honesty Feeds the Soul

hundred dollar bill
 It has been brought to my attention that this post is not completely honest. What about the white lies? The lie that you feel great, or even fine when you are anything BUT okay? What about the lies we tell when we lie to ourselves? All of these are valid questions and I confess that I lie more often than I stated in this post. So, I am going to take care of the issue and republish with a much more honest approach. The spirit of the post remains the same. I do believe that honesty feeds the soul. It is just one of many ways to feed the soul, but it does, just the same. Look for changes to my post in the next week or so and if you have any suggestions, feel free to contact me! I welcome the input.
This morning, I read an older post from Anglo Lad and it inspired me to relate my own point of view on the virtue of honesty.
I enjoyed the entire post, but my favorite part is the story about the Rickshaw driver. My guess is that he came from little, and unlike some who learn to cheat and steal to “make” it, he empathized and put himself in the place of the passenger.
Years ago, I worked as a cashier at a convenience store/gas station  in Flagstaff, Arizona. One day, a customer came in to pay for his $10.00 in gasoline. He immediately turned and walked out of the store. I had started to get his change out of the register, so I hurriedly finished and ran after him.
“Sir! Sir! You forgot your change, sir!”
He turned around, looking confused.
“I gave you a ten dollar bill!”
“No, sir, you didn’t. You gave a hundred dollar bill. You have ninety coming back!”
He went around and around with the argument until he finally accepted it.
When I went back inside, my co-worker was aghast.
“You could have just agreed with him and kept the money.”
I answered, “Yes, I  could have done that. Then I would have felt guilty every time I thought about it.”
“Why would you feel guilty? It would be his fault!”
“No more than it would be my own if I had done the same thing.”
“But you wouldn’t have a hundred dollar bill to spend in the first place, Karla.”
I was happier with myself than I would have been if I had pocketed the extra money.
To me, honesty is honesty. No matter what the situation happens to be. Not that this does not mean one should not choose to keep one’s mouth shut at appropriate times…
I grew up with a hard-working mother and a father who lived on a small veteran’s pension. They struggled to shelter, feed, and clothe us.
Yet honesty was ingrained in me. Oh, not that I have never been dishonest. but every time I lied to someone it  almost always ended in a confession, simply because I was miserable until I made it right. I say “almost”, because there a couple of instances in which I was less than honest and all opportunity to make up for it was lost.
Those instances still bother me.
Just imagine how I would have felt if I had taken that customer’s money.
I guess my point is that being honest is not entirely selfless.
When we choose virtue over vice, we feed our souls. When we go the other way, we lose a piece of it.
Well, that is how it is for me.
How do you feel about it? Comment below! Answer honestly ;-).

God Creates and Facilitates Love

Yesterday evening I took a stroll to the grocery store. The shopping plaza is not far from my door – across a parking lot, up some stairs, a short winding around the back of the dry cleaners and the gym, and then a walk across the lot, up the sidewalk, and into the store.

There was a man standing at the front, reading loudly from the Bible. He was shouting out the book of Revelations, telling everyone how they must turn to God and become pure so they would not die in everlasting fire.

Like all the other shoppers, I stayed as far away from him as I could. He was not preaching the “Good News” to anybody. He was attempting to scare people into turning to God because of fear.

I know differently and I’m sure many others do, too. God works through a heart of compassion and he blesses those who let Him work through them to show that love and draw in the souls of people who thirst for Salvation. He is in the hands of the woman who offers aid to the suffering. He is in the feet of those who run to help when someone is sick, hungry, despondent, and alone. God is in the eyes of the people who let him use their soul windows to open the hearts of humanity and allow them to serve.


He is not a God of pain and trembling.

So what is the book of Revelations about? The last book of the Bible warns about the laws of cause and effect. When we turn away from His love and refuse to let Him in, He cannot cleanse our souls of the darkness and the effect is an everlasting Hell.  God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should have everlasting life. II Peter 3:9.

I am not sure of the intentions of the man shouting at the grocery store, but there was not a one who wanted to be near him or come to a God that frightened more than He loved.

He was screaming out lies and pushing people away.

God is LOVE  ( I John 4:8) and God works in even those who do not see HIM in the same way as the traditional Christian teaching. How do I know that? Jesus said so. He told His disciples that when they were upset at those who were not one of the Disciples performing miracles.  But Jesus said, Forbid him not: for there is no man which shall do a miracle in my name, that can lightly speak evil of me. Mark 9:30


I love my Christ and not because I am afraid. I love Him because of who He is: That part of God who experienced the life of a man in order to understand the condition of humanity and intercede for us after giving His life and returning to His place with the Creator.

I know not everyone sees God in the same way. I am interested in how others see Him.

What is your view of God? Do you believe in a Creator? Do you believe God can ease your suffering and perform miracles? Do you let love flood your heart and soul?