As thou hast realized thy own shortcomings, rest thou assured that thou art firm in the Covenant and Testament, and in the love of the True One art steadfast and growing. (‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Star of the West, Vol. 8, No. 17, p. 228)
Because I’m in burn-out and have greatly reduced the amount of service I used to do for the Faith, I sometimes find it easy to worry about the possibility of losing my steadfastness. There are good reasons for this. Several of my long time, deepened Bahá’í friends have withdrawn from the Faith, so it could happen to me. I was always struck by Rúhíyyih Khánum asking us to pray for her steadfastness. If she was worried, given all she did for the Faith, now much more do I need it? Finally, it’s clear in the Writings that at the hour of our death, it’s possible for believers to turn away and non-believers to turn towards God. I can really ruminate on this fear of losing my steadfastness for so long and use it to beat myself up, which in turn, feeds my adrenaline addiction and keeps me paralyzed. Not a pretty picture!
So I find this quote from`Abdu’l-Bahá very reassuring: all I have to do is recognize my shortcomings and rest assured that I am firm in the Covenant. What a relief that is! All that’s required is to call myself to account each day, turn over my shortcomings to God, ask for His assistance in removing them, and thereby fulfill the purpose of my life, which is to know and worship God!
Knowing I can rest in the love of the True One to remain steadfast and growing, I am grateful!
What jumped out for you as you read through 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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