A handful of sand, a million grains. Ask someone about faith, and each will sing a different refrain. Some may preach about the sanctity of believing rightly. However, this isn’t a one-size-fits-all equation. Just like that beach full of sand—if you ask 100 religious believers about the exact shade of “right” they believe in, you’ll collect 100 unique hues of conviction. One hundred voices, one hundred melodies, each a different song of belief.

Now, flip the script.

Instead of focusing on the abstract sphere of belief, bring the conversation down to earth. Onto the solid ground of actions. If you ask those same 100 believers about the essence of doing right, suddenly the cacophony turns into a harmonious chorus. There’s unity. There’s consensus. The nuances blur into the background as common threads of compassion, honesty, and respect come to the fore. Actions, after all, speak louder than words and louder yet than the silent convictions of the mind.

Belief is a kaleidoscope, an ever-shifting mosaic of personal perspectives. Each click spins a new pattern, a new interpretation of right. But actions are universal. They are the steady heartbeat underneath the riotous swirl of individual beliefs.

So, it’s not about silencing your belief or forcing it to fit into a one-size-fits-all box. It’s about shifting your focus from the celestial realm of belief to the terrestrial realm of action. Beliefs are the multicolored balloons that lift us up, but actions are the strings that keep us grounded.

So, let your belief be a vibrant balloon—let it soar as high and as colorful as it wants. But, make sure that it’s tied to a sturdy string of action. Because the world may not understand your balloon, but it will definitely feel the tug of your string.

Believe what you want, but make sure to do the right thing. That’s the real way to make a difference.

Stephen Boudreau serves as VP of Brand and Community at Virtuous Software. For over two decades, he has helped nonprofits leverage the digital space to grow their impact. To that end, Stephen co-founded RaiseDonors, a platform that provides nonprofits with technology and experiences that remove barriers to successful online fundraising. He is an avid (but aging) soccer player, audiobook enthusiast, and the heavily-disputed UNO champion of his household.

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