For example, should he so wish, he can pass his days in praise of God, and should he so desire, he can occupy himself with that which is other than Him. He can light the candle of his heart with the flame of the love of God and become a well-wisher of the world, or he can become an enemy of all mankind or set his affections on worldly things; he can choose to be just or iniquitous. All these deeds and actions are under his own control, and he is therefore accountable for them. (Abdu’l-Baha, Some Answered Questions, 2014 ed., p. 70)
I love this quote because in a world that seems out of control, there are still things I can control – my reactions to the things that touch me, and my deeds and actions as I go about my day. I can pray and meditate. I can forgive and choose love. I can teach and be of service. I can be truthful and trustworthy.
It’s easier said than done, though, which is why I’m glad God has given us the tool of calling ourselves to account. When we know what’s expected of us, and we do our daily review and we ask God to forgive our sins and shortcomings and determine to make tomorrow better than yesterday, our lives unfold as they should and we are helping bring about the Most Great Peace.
As I choose all of these good qualities, I achieve my purpose in life, which is to know and worship God, and I am grateful!
What jumped out for you as you read today’s meditation? I’d love it if you would share so we can all expand our knowledge of the Writings!
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