Max Ehrmann, 1927
In whatever religion you have been taught, however you have been brought up, and however you have understood your Teachers, on these levels you will understand this message. It is not enough that this message be believed. It is a message to be lived. The essence of Universal Religion is Peace and Truth, with Love for and Kindness to all the creatures of the earth. Now is the time to express this essence in your own life. A beginning must be made, and the place to begin is with and in yourself. You would reform the world? Begin with yourself, brother! The message of the unreformed reformer seldom inspires reformation. The heart of all Religion is love. And righteousness, which is love in action, is the fulfillment of Peace within yourself, and seek too, within yourself, the divine Breath of Life. Persist in these things! Do not let up for a single moment! Through your faith and through your deeds you shape your life, and help shape the lives of others, as well. What a responsibility! The Spirit finds in you its agent and also its partner, and to the degree that you are aware of this and act on it, your life is enriched. A revelation will occur to you -- a revelation higher than your most exalted dreams. A New Age is coming, and with it there will be a realization of the Oneness of All. Differences between the various religions will disappear. The good, which is in each of them, will be fused and will become the common goal of all mankind. Know that you have the power to choose! Choose love, not hate; choose gentleness, not violence; choose holiness, not evil! Dare to believe that the reign of love and peace is coming soon! Ready yourself for it! Ready yourself for it with deeds of righteousness. Righteousness is the door-opener, and beyond the door is Love. May Power Divine enter every aspect of your life, endowing it with the rewards of material accomplishments, the treasures of purposeful existence, and the eternal light of Spiritual achievenent.
Copyright © 1927 Max Ehrmann. All rights reserved.
Copyright renewed 1954 Bertha K. Ehrmann.
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