As atheists, we can’t count on an invisible god to get us through our trials. We don’t turn to a ‘comforter’ when life challenges us. We don’t appeal to a heavenly deity for miracles that defy nature. Instead, we turn inward to ourselves.
I’ve been on both sides of the fence: I spent my time in churches and on my knees, clinging to some hope that something out there somewhere would somehow ease my pain and see me through whatever heartache I was dealing with. Now I no longer turn towards a supposed omnipotent energy, I turn inward to myself for comfort, to family and friends for support.
The difference is notable and worth consideration.
Turning outward toward a god keeps us from finding our own strength. Turning outward toward an entity whose evidence of existence is scant denies us the ability to learn to deal with things on our own. It robs us of a confidence we find no other way. It stunts our growth as human beings.
It is painful to sound the depths of one’s own soul, it is not easy to learn to comfort one’s self with the challenges of life. It is real however. It is rewarding in a way that nothing else is. It allows us to find a toughness within ourselves we can’t obtain if we turn to someone/something else. It adds another facet to the diamond of our spirit. I wouldn’t want it any different.
Here’s to strength, confidence, and growth. They are ours for the taking…if we’re willing to turn inward and find them.