The purpose of the appearance of the holy Manifestations hath ever been the establishment of fellowship and love in the world of humanity. The friends should therefore lay down their lives in this arena that they may exhilarate the people of the world with the wine of love for one another and may gladden the hearts of the whole human race. (From a Tablet of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá—translated from the Persian, from Give me Thy Grace to Serve Thy Loved Ones, Compilation for the 2018 Counsellors’ Conference, )
Bahá’ís easily accept that Bahá’u’lláh came to bring unity to the world. I don’t know about you, but I often get lost in the Ocean of details in the Writings, forgetting that every aspect leads back to this one principle. Even when I can wrap my head around it, I frequently forget that to get to unity, I need to manifest fellowship and love, not only among my friends and family, but even more importantly, to those who hurt me and reject the Faith.
It’s easy to get so lost in my own problems and the day-to-day minutia of my “to do” list and need to be productive, that I forget all about the importance of building relationships. I get scared at the thought of laying down my life in learning how to have fellowship and love for others. It’s easier when I think about laying down my “to do” list for a minute, and reach out to someone who might need help. I can be the change I want to see, one kind action at a time. If each of us does it, surely the whole human race will become gladdened and exhilarated and want what we have.
Remembering that teaching is easier when I take time to build relationships, I am grateful!
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