The point is this: that to gain control over physical bodies is an extremely easy matter, but to bring spirits within the bonds of serenity is a most arduous undertaking. This is not the work of everybody. It necessitates a divine and holy potency, the potency of inspiration, the power of the Holy Spirit. (‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Promulgation of Universal Peace, pp. 276-277)
When I read this quote I’m struck by the first part: How do we gain control over our physical bodies and what makes it easy? Just for today, I need to accept it as truth.
I want God’s serenity. It helps me accept the things I can’t change. I’m willing to do the work. Every day, I get up and look at all the things on my “to do” list. Many days I am in overwhelm and can easily fall into self-pity. At those times, it’s hard to remember that happiness is a choice. I can choose to be a happy and joyful being. I can choose to not let trouble harass me. I can choose to no longer be full of anxiety. I can remember to turn to God, trusting that He’s got my back. Those things all lead to serenity but this quote suggests I need more than just awareness and choice. I also need inspiration and the power of the Holy Spirit. I don’t have to do this alone.
Knowing I can ask God to help me bring my spirit within the bonds of serenity, I am grateful.
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