Ye are better known to the inmates of the Kingdom on high than ye are known to your own selves. Think ye these words to be vain and empty? Would that ye had the power to perceive the things your Lord, the All-Merciful, doth see. (Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, pp. 316-317)
Whenever I called myself to account at night, I used to see only the defects and never the assets or virtues. That changed the day someone reminded me that the root word “account” was found in the word “accountant”, and that accountants always looked at both assets and liabilities when putting together any balance sheet. You couldn’t have one without the other.
That still didn’t help me much, because, before learning the language of the virtues, I didn’t have a framework to think more positively about myself, and when I took the facilitator training for the Virtues Project, I assumed that the virtues applied to everyone else, but not to me too.
Now I’m learning to “be fair in my judgement”, to trust in God’s infinite love for me; to believe that He created me noble AND He created me to be a sinner and that both things are true. I’m human. I make mistakes, just like everyone else.
My prayers these days are: “Help me to see my worth through your eyes”.
God sees me with all my sins and imperfections and He loves me just the way I am 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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