Are you going to church tonight? It's Good Friday, you know.
I'm not, I'm teaching yoga. That's OK.
Religion can be a tricky thing, a hot button issue, blah blah blah. The thing is, no matter what you believe, stories from ALL religions can be used to illustrate certain truths that might make the world a better place.
For example: Say you think this virgin-birth died for our sins stuff is a load of shit. That's ok! What works for you might not work for me and no one really knows what happens after we die so I think finding truths that comfort you and make you happy are great, no matter what they are.
Even if you're not a Jesus Freak, most people agree that he was in general a really nice guy, who liked a lot of people. Whether his death was truly to save the world is up for serious debate, but the fact that he believed he was dying for such an important cause speaks a lot to the type of human Jesus was.
We could all learn from that. Misguided or not, giving up self-serving acts for service to others and the world is a beautiful thing. Something that could fix a LOT of problems if everyone lived in that manner. We live in a hoarding culture of greed and fear in which we become so CONSUMED with the prospect that we might not have enough (things, money, food, love, energy) that we become paralyzed to the point that we can't possibly give anything back.
We could fix the world if we all gave more and hoarded less - of our time, energies, talents, belongings, whatever. In general most of us have more than we could ever need, yet still have a hard time truly giving of ourselves. Let's practice doing more.
Have a beautiful Easter weekend, even if you're only excited about the discount candy on Monday.