As we almost never attain any spiritual goal without seeing the next goal we must attain still beyond our reach. He urges you, who have come so far already on the path of spirituality, not to fret about the distance you still have to cover! It is an indefinite journey, and, no doubt in the next world the soul is privileged to draw closer to God than is possible when bound on this physical plane. (Shoghi Effendi, Unfolding Destiny, p. 461)
The Bahá’í Faith places great emphasis on setting goals, making plans, executing them with a humble posture of learning, trying them out for a period of time, reflecting on their efficacy and then making new plans, all in 3 month cycles. That’s why I love this quote so much. It reminds me that we seldom see the end in the beginning.
When Shoghi Effendi was designing the gardens around the shrine of Bahá’u’lláh, he didn’t know anything about horticulture or landscape gardening, so he developed the 5 Steps of Prayer for Solving Problems, where he gives us a structured way to set a goal. We pray, meditate, determine a course of action, have faith that the right things will come to our aid, have the determination to carry it out and to act as if it had all been answered. Then repeat as needed.
All of these tools help us when we’re setting our goals, to make sure we aren’t paralyzed by indecision and fretting about not knowing everything when we start. The biggest thing to remember is that we are all soldiers in God’s Army. He’s the one in charge. We are only His foot soldiers. As long as we’re moving forward prayerfully, we can’t fail.
Knowing that each goal achieved brings me closer to God, 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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