I don't think I'm all that pious and devout, but I do attend my Sunday masses unless I really can't. And perhaps the effect is subtle, that I don't realise it.
Not sure if I'm making sense; it's late and I'm sleepy. But in church, when I listen to the Word of God and to the sermon the priest is giving and the psalms we sing, I feel more joyous and hopeful and calm and relieved. Cos I cast my worries and stresses on God, and I know He will take care of me. Going to church is usually rather uplifting for me.
One thing I couldn't figure though. God sent His son Jesus to save us. He doesn't want us damned to eternal hell. He doesn't want us to sin. Jesus is here to save the world.
I'm sure He wouldn't want us to trash this planet we're on. Cos then humanity will be doomed. Or does it not matter, cos what's more important is eternal life? Or it doesn't matter, cos God will save us anyhow, so we shouldn't be worried about it?
Either ways, I find what I'm doing to be what I think God wants me to do.
The Summons Hymn
Will you come and follow me if I but call your name?
Will you go where you don't know and never be the same?
Will you let my love be shown? Will you let my name be known,
will you let my life be grown in you and you in me?
Will you leave yourself behind if I but call your name?
Will you care for cruel and kind and never be the same?
Will you risk the hostile stare? Should your life attract or scare?
Will you let me answer prayer in you and you in me?
Will you let the blinded see if I but call your name?
Will you set the prisoners free and never be the same?
Will you kiss the leper clean and do such as this unseen,
and admit to what I mean in you and you in me?
Will you love the "you" you hide if I but call your name?
Will you quell the fear inside and never be the same?
Will you use the faith you've found to reshape the world around,
through my sight and touch and sound in you and you in me?
Lord your summons echoes true when you but call my name.
Let me turn and follow you and never be the same.
In Your company I'll go where Your love and footsteps show.
Thus I'll move and live and grow in you and you in me..