A unity in diversity of actions is called for, a condition in which different individuals will concentrate on different activities, appreciating the salutary effect of the aggregate on the growth and development of the Faith, because each person cannot do everything and all persons cannot do the same thing. (The Universal House of Justice, A Wider Horizon, Selected Letters 1983-1992, p. 80)
I live in a tiny cluster, maybe 25 Baha’is on paper, mostly inactive. It used to be a very active cluster when we all had kids at home, but they grew up and most of them left the Faith. Those left behind couldn’t deal with the change in the direction the teaching work took, once we formalized clusters and started the community building process.
I was one of the first group of tutors in Canada to be trained and stayed current with the letters of the House of Justice and tried valiantly to bring the rest of the community along. When they wouldn’t, I started taking on jobs that weren’t mine to do and burned out.
I too, have become mostly inactive, but definitely not apathetic. I still say my prayers, read the Writings, Fast, donate to the Fund, take care of my obligations to the Right of God – all the basics. I just don’t have the bandwidth to participate in study circles or devotional gatherings anymore. I want to say “as a result”, our cluster is not even at milestone one, but I realize it’s not my fault. I can’t make it happen all by myself. That’s why I love this quote so much.
It reminds me I can’t do everything. I tried! In order to get to milestone one, we need a diversity of actions, with different individuals concentrating on different activities. Until we have this, no real progress can be made. Please God, hasten the day!
Knowing that one person can’t do everything, I can relax, trust that God loves me 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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