Every day, in the morning when arising you should compare today with yesterday and see in what condition you are. If you see your belief is stronger and your heart more occupied with God and your love increased and your freedom from the world greater then thank God and ask for the increase of these qualities. You must begin to pray and repent for all that you have done which is wrong and you must implore and ask for help and assistance that you may become better than yesterday so that you may continue to make progress. (‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Excellence in All Things, p. 10)
Early on in my Bahá’í life, I knew I had to call myself to account each day, but I didn’t really understand how to do it. I had a tendency to find everything I’d done wrong, especially when I held my life up to the impossibly high standards of the Faith. I was brutal on myself! Then someone taught me that accountants look at the plusses too. They’re equally important. This was and still is hard for me to recognize anything good about me, so I was happy to find this quote because it’s such a gentle approach. Here’s the process I see when I consider it:
In the morning, before I get out of bed (because once I get out, it’s too late. I’m busy with my day and forget!), all I have to do is compare today with yesterday. Today is pretty good because I haven’t had time to do anything wrong yet! In that moment, my belief is definitely stronger; my heart is more occupied with God; my love is increased; and my freedom from the world are all definitely better than I remember them being yesterday. I can easily thank God and ask Him to increase these things.
In my prayers, I can easily repent for all that I’ve done wrong and ask for assistance to become better today. This is easy because many of the prayers talk about sin and forgiveness and God’s grace.
Knowing there are specific tools I can use when calling myself to account, I am grateful!
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