I Believe

According to the Bible, marriage is an institution put in place by God, in which two adults of different gender choose to share an intimate, personal, and lasting relationship. Doing otherwise does not change this. As a society, we are moving in the direction of doing-away-with morality from our way of life. This has resulted in an increase of senseless acts of violence. Matters can only become worse with each succeeding generation. Godly living involves our service to others via the use of our time, talents, abilities, and material possessions.

God’s law points out what is right, good, and true, and we are to live accordingly. Because of our sinful nature, however, we all fall short and our works cannot save us. This directs us to our need for grace. It is God’s grace that makes salvation a reality for each faithful believer. Jesus promised that they who hear His Word and believe in Him who sent Him will have everlasting life, and they shall not come into condemnation but shall pass from death into life.

Life is a four-sided affair: physical, mental, social and spiritual. It is a four-fold opportunity to grow. It helps us to touch life at all angles, absorb strength from all contacts, and pour out power on all fronts. The more we pour out, the more we find to pour. The driving population needs to be more serious regarding distractions while driving, such as texting. They need to understand the risks to themselves and other people. The surest way to guarantee ourselves a miserable existence is to live only for self and not consider the good of others. We are to speak our truth quietly and clearly and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant. They, too, have their story.

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 12, Issue 2, Posted 9:29 PM, 02.02.2020