(These two quotes from Helen Keller are, in part, what inspired me to write this.)
“Deep, solemn optimism, it seems to me, should spring from this firm belief in the presence of God in the individual; not a remote, unapproachable governor of the universe, but a God who is very near every one of us, who is present not only in earth, sea and sky, but also in every pure and noble impulse of our hearts.”
--Helen Keller, Optimism
“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt within the heart.”
I often cling to my religious faith to reinforce the belief of true, promising, optimism, and because it helps me to lessen my fears of the depths of darkness. However, my necessity to believe in an omnipotent, eternal Higher Power does not stem from the cliché fear of burning in hell. Rather, this need is, in part, brought on by the fact that I cannot survive in this world without a protective shield from the universe’s evils, those which plague the hearts of countless individuals. While I will inevitably experience pain, suffering, and wickedness, I do not want to be at the mercy of such things.
In truth, everyone has such a shield, though many refuse to believe in its potency. I choose to recognize and embrace it, for there is no place to find true refuge except in Him. I do not like to think of myself as God-fearing, but as God-loving and God-trusting.
In essence, I am a person of faith because I believe that every act of kindness, every new day, smile, and hope—is caused by a pure, perpetual force of goodness. I know that life is something far beyond any tangible, visible entity, as well as so much more than our human minds could ever conceive.
I choose to believe so that I will not have to yield to any force of evil, but serve, love and trust in an all-powerful being of goodness. Perhaps not everyone feels such a necessity and yearning in their lives, but I do. That is why I continue to fill the empty void within myself by seeking Him and letting Him into my heart—though His presence has already seeped through every passageway of my soul.