How Joan of Arc Inspired Belief and a Blog

by Diane Sweeney on April 2, 2014

Just before her death, Joan of Arc wrote,Joan of Arc

“I know this now. Every man gives his life for what he believes. Every woman gives her life for what she believes. Sometimes people believe in little or nothing, and yet they give their lives to that little or nothing. One life is all we have, and we live it as we believe in living it and then it’s gone. But to surrender what you are and to live without belief is more terrible than dying – even more terrible than dying young.” 

Only 19 years old, and Joan was so sure of what she believed in. So sure – she was willing to die for it. 

Most of us are not called to die for our beliefs. 

But we are called to live for what we believe in – no matter how big or small the cause. 

Are you living your beliefs? 

Our own calling may not seem as significant as saving France from England, but if we stay true to what we know to be true, our significance can be more powerful than we would ever imagine! 

As Joan said, it doesn’t have to be big –  you just have to stay true to whatever it is you do believe. 

In this world of excess, information overload and quick change, taking time to stop, breathe and listen in order to understand how your beliefs affect your daily life is important. 

Know that beliefs can change over time dependent upon the influences that are placed upon them. 

Listen to your heart and listen to your God.

Don’t listen to what the media tells you is important. 

If you believe that eating home-made prepared foods is the best way to stay healthy and to feed the soul of your loved ones, then focus on the good meals, careful selection of foods and your expertise in preparing the meals you serve to friends and family. Focus on it, be proud of it and do it to the best of your ability. 

If your belief system embraces the power of service to others, then find the resources within your community to allow you to visit the infirm, feed the hungry, build a home, teach someone to read – choose an activity that supports your value system and your abilities. 

If you believe that advances in technology and science continue to bring relief to the sick, opportunities for exploration or new ways of communicating, then develop products and teach others how to continue to research and create. 

Belief is not limited – it can be religious, philosophical or ideological – but it is yours! 

What is important is that your activity is in line with what you have come to accept is true about yourself. 

So often, what starts as a simple act – perhaps a meal here and there,  an hour or two a week for volunteering or a new business idea – might evolve into a revolutionary change within your family, your neighborhood or the world.

 

None of us knows how we change the world. But each of us does in some way or another.

 

Joan of Arc did not know the effect her actions would have on generations. But she knew that NOT acting upon her heart and her beliefs would be living a life of emptiness. 

Just imagine if she hadn’t done what she did…. What would I be blogging about today?

 

Go change the world today! Follow your beliefs.

 

You may not save a nation (or maybe  you will!), but you could save a heart or a soul in need of good food, education or companionship.

 

Leave us your comment about living your beliefs. We want to catch your inspiration!

 

 

 

 

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