What is it you believe? Let this collection of I Believe Poems be ones that show the belief of others while at the same time make you think about what it is you believe in.
I was recently reading the 1942 edition of The Sunday Visitor and found this thought:
"What Do You Believe? -
Some people today are teaching that it does not matter
what one believes. They claim that one ought to be honest
and sincere in whatever he does believe, but the tenets of
faith are not important. It is time for people to stop and
ask: "Does it matter what I believe?" If it does not matter,
truth has no advantage over error; the value of truth is no
greater than the value of error. Such a disposition or attitude stifles investigation and discourages all search for truth."
We hope the poetry here may make you stop and think about your own beliefs.
I believe in the world and its bigness and splendor:
That most of the hearts beating round us are tender;
That days are but footsteps and years are but miles
That lead us to beauty and singing and smiles:
That roses that blossom and toilers that plod
Are filled with the glorious spirit of God.
I believe in the purpose of everything living:
That taking is but the forerunner of giving;
That strangers are friends that we some day may meet;
And not all the bitter can equal the sweet;
That creeds are but colors, and no man has said
That God loves the yellow rose more than the red.
I believe in the path that to-day I am treading,
That I shall come safe through the dangers I'm dreading;
That even the scoffer shall turn from his ways
And some day be won back to trust and to praise;
That the leaf on the tree and the thing we call Man
Are sharing alike in His infinite plan.
I believe that all things that are living and breathing
Some richness of beauty to earth are bequeathing;
That all that goes out of this world leaves behind
Some duty accomplished for mortals to find;
That the humblest of creatures our praise is deserving,
For it, with the wisest, the Master is serving.
A Child's Creed
Poet: Octavius Brooks Frothingham
I believe that I am a child of God,
my heavenly Father, who created me,
who preserves me,
who loves me as his child.
I believe that Jesus was
my heavenly Father's best-beloved Son;
and that I shall be well beloved,
as he was, if I become like him.
I believe that God, and all good angels
and all good men and women, and all good children,
are helping me all the time to lead a holy life.
l believe that my faults may be corrected;
and my sins, if I repent of them sincerely,
and try to be good, will be forgiven and forgotten.
I believe that cannot be happy or good alone,
but only as others are happy and good.
l believe that we make a heaven in our homes
by our kindness and love,
l believe that I shall not die
when my body dies.
I believe that there will be a heaven hereafter
for all good children.
l believe that all children will at last become good,
and will go to heaven,
to be happy in God's love forever.
The Nicene Creed
I believe in one God, the Father Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth and of all things
visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God,
begotten of the Father before all ages,
God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten not made,
being of one substance with the Father,
through Whom all things were made:
Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven,
was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, and was made man:
Who for us, too, was crucified under Pontius Pilate, suffered, and was buried:
the third day He rose according to the Scriptures, ascended into heaven,
and is seated on the right hand of the Father: He shall come again with glory to judge
the living and the dead, and His kingdom shall have no end.
And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of life,
Who proceeds from the Father and the Son:
Who together with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified:
Who spoke by the prophets.
And I believe one holy, Christian, and apostolic Church.
I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins,
and I look for the resurrection of the dead and life of the age to come.
I Believe That God ...
by Author Unknown
I believe that Christmas is more than a time for parties and ornaments; it is a time for remembering Christ and the incarnation of God’s love in human flesh.
I believe there are gifts more important than the ones under the Christmas tree, the things we teach our children, the way we share ourselves with friends, and the industry with which we set about reshaping the world in our time.
I believe that the finest carols are often sung by the poorest voices; from hearts made warm by the wonder of the season.
I believe in the angel’s message that we should not be afraid— that the Child of Bethlehem is able to overcome all anxieties and insecurities.
I believe in prayer and quietness as a way of appropriating Christmas— that if I wait in silence I will experience the presence of the one born in the manger, for he lives today as surely as he lived then.
I believe in going away from Christmas as the wise men went: "another way." I want to be different when these days are past— more centered, more thoughtful, more caring.
AND I believe God will help me.
Poet: Elias Lieberman
That there are greater things in life
Than life itself,
In climbing upward
Even when the spent and broken thing
I call my body
To the last breath
In the truths
Which God permits me to see,
In fighting for them;
If need be.
Not the bloody sword of man
Brutal with conquest
And drunk with power.
But the white sword of God,
Flaming with His truth
And healing while it slays.
In my country and her destiny.
In the great dream of her founders.
In her place among the nations.
In her ideals;
That her democracy must be protected,
Her privileges cherished.
Her freedom defended.
That, humbly before the Almighty,
But proudly before all mankind.
We must safeguard her standard.
The vision of her Washington,
The martyrdom of her Lincoln,
With the patriotic ardor
Of the minute men
And the boys in blue
Of her glorious past.
In loyalty to my country
Utter, irrevocable, inviolate.
Thou, in whose sight
A thousand years are but as yesterday
And as a watch in the night.
In my frailty
To make real
What I believe.
Sense Of Urgency
By Charles Jones
I believe the fires of greatness in our heart can be kept aglow only after we develop
a sense of urgency and importance for what we are doing.…
A sense of urgency is that feeling that lets you know yesterday is gone forever,
tomorrow never comes.
Today is in your hands.
It lets you know that shirking today’s task will add to wasted yesterdays and postponing today’s work
will add to tomorrow’s burden.
The sense of urgency causes you to accomplish what today sets before you.
Thank God for the sense of urgency that can change a dull, shabby existence into a sparkling life.
Right now, ask God to give you a sense of urgency.
Believe that He did, and then act accordingly.
I Believe That
I believe— that we don't have to change friends if we understand that friends change.
I believe— that no matter how good a friend is, they're going to hurt you every once in a while and you must forgive them for that.
I believe— that true friendship continues to grow, even over the longest distance. Same goes for true love.
I believe— that you can do something in an instant that will give you heartache for life.
I believe— that it's taking me a long time to become the person I want to be.
I believe— that you should always leave loved ones with loving words. It may be the last time you see them.
I believe— that you can keep going long after you can't.
I believe— that we are responsible for what we do, no matter how we feel.
I believe— that either you control your attitude or it controls you.
I believe— that regardless of how hot and steamy a relationship is at first, the passion fades and there had better be something else to take its place.
I believe— that heroes are the people who do what has to be done when it needs to be done, regardless of the consequences.
I believe— that money is a lousy way of keeping score.
I believe— that my best friend and I can do anything or nothing and have the best time.
I believe— that sometimes the people you expect to kick you when you're down, will be the ones to help you get back up.
I believe— that sometimes when I'm angry I have the right to be angry, but that doesn't give me the right to be cruel.
I believe— that just because someone doesn't love you the way you want them to doesn't mean they don't love you with all they have.
I believe— that maturity has more to do with what types of experiences you've had and what you've learned from them and less to do with how many birthdays you've celebrated.
that it isn't always enough to be forgiven by others. Sometimes you have to learn to forgive yourself.
I believe— that no matter how bad your heart is broken the world doesn't stop for your grief.
I believe— that our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are, but we are responsible for who we become.
I believe— that just because two people argue, it doesn't mean they don't love each other. And just because they don't argue, it doesn't mean they do.
I believe— that you shouldn't be so eager to find out a secret. It could change your life forever.
I believe— that two people can look at the exact same thing and see something totally different.
I believe— that your life can be changed in a matter of hours by people who don't even know you.
I believe— that even when you think you have no more to give, when a friend cries out to you, you will find the strength to help.
I believe— that credentials on the wall do not make you a decent human being.
I believe— that the people you care about most in life are taken from you too soon.