I Believe

Adolescents who identify their primary motives, such as helping others, are three times happier than those who lack such altruistic motivation.

For a more rewarding life, the challenge is to minimize the negative “stuff” and maximize the positive “stuff.”

God’s Word says the harder we work to serve others and promote the “give” way, the more we will grow and the more we will “receive in return.”

If we are to use sex in the way God created us, we must restrict it to the marriage relationship and not to our thoughts, wishes, and desires.

The Ten Commandments express God’s love, will, and guidance concerning human conduct and relationships. They are the following:

1. You shall have no other gods before me.

2. You shall not make for yourself an idol.

3. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.

4. Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.

5. Honor your father and your mother.

6. You shall not murder.

7. You shall not commit adultery.

8. You shall not steal.

9. You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.

10. You shall not covet.

We are all equal in Christ, Who by one Spirit has bonded us into one fellowship with Him and with one another, binding upon all people in every age.

We are God’s stewards (managers) entrusted by Him with our time, talents, and treasures. Also, we are responsible for the proper use of the earth’s resources.

We should involve ourselves only in those things that will produce Christ-like purity, health, and joy in our lives.

When people begin to exhibit distain for God’s truth, there may soon come a time in their lives when they find it impossible to believe in the Creator.

Whether we are called to be leaders or followers of God, each of us must be willing and able to “endure the challenges.”

Self-reflection is always a good exercise. What I believe is a work in progress, not limited to these statements and subject to change. What do YOU believe?

Daniel Taddeo

Longtime Parma Hts. resident and educator in the Parma School district.

Volume 9, Issue 4, Posted 10:18 PM, 04.02.2017