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Words and Deeds 

O SON OF SPIRIT!  Know thou of a truth: He that biddeth men be just and himself committeth iniquity is not of Me, even though he bear My name.  (Bahá’u’lláh, Hidden Words Arabic 28)

There are so many quotes in the Bahá’í Writings about the importance of “deeds not words”.  It’s not enough to identify ourselves as Bahá’ís.  Our behavior should show it and if it doesn’t, we aren’t worthy of the name.  YIKES!

It’s so easy to see how other people should solve their problems or to say “you should . . . “.  It’s a lot harder to see how to solve our own.  On days when I’m plagued with apathy or procrastination, I need to remember that nothing happens by words alone.  Action is always needed, but what action?  ‘Abdu’l-Bahá gives us some ideas when He says:

“Enrich the poor, raise the fallen, comfort the sorrowful, bring healing to the sick, reassure the fearful, rescue the oppressed, bring hope to the hopeless, shelter the destitute!  This is the work of a true Baha’i, and this is what is expected of him.”  (Abdu’l-Baha, Paris Talks, pp. 79-87)

In some accounts we see that ‘Abdu’l-Bahá only spent on average 3-4 hours sleep per night and the rest of His time was spent with those who suffer in body or spirit.  It’s a reminder to me, to always pray to be of service, however I can be used.

Remembering that it’s time to stop talking and start doing, 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!

If you liked this meditation, you might also like my book Letting Go of Criticizing Others


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Become an Expert in Your Field

The Bahai Faith teaches:  “The attainment of any object is conditioned upon knowledge, volition and action. Unless these three conditions are forthcoming there is no execution or accomplishment.”

‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Foundations of World Unity, p. 101.

If you want to stand out from the crowd or competition at work, then you need to be seen as an expert in your field. This takes knowledge, will and action on your part and not just walking around telling people that you’re an expert.

Everyone has the potential to be an expert at what they do. Here are a few simple steps that you’ll need to follow first to be recognized as an expert.

Educate Yourself

First and foremost, make sure that you’re educated on what you’re doing.

  • Take evening courses at a local college or university to help further your education and keep you up to date on the latest knowledge and technology.
  • Read more. It doesn’t matter what you do as a profession, you need to take advantage of the vast knowledge in the library or on the internet.

By expanding your knowledge you’ll also build your confidence. Tell me one person that was ever seen as an expert that didn’t believe in themselves and what they were doing. Can you name one? Not likely! With knowledge comes confidence.

Demonstrate Your Knowledge

It’s one thing to talk about what you know, but it’s something else entirely to actually do it.  Let’s look at this quote from the Bahai Writings:

Deeds not words are what they demand, and no amount of fervor in the use of expressions of loyalty and adulation will compensate for failure to live in the spirit of the teachings.

(Shoghi Effendi: Living the Life, p. 4.)

Experts don’t walk around and brag about what they can do, they take action. If you encounter a difficult problem or situation, you’ll be able to take charge and find a solution.

  • Be proactive. If a problem arises, take action right away to find a solution. If you don’t know the answer yourself, pray, consult and search out someone who does. Even experts need to learn new things and they aren’t afraid to admit it to others.

Learn to be a Great Communicator

People have to understand what you can do and why you’re the best one to do it. This means that you have to understand and foresee the questions and concerns of others, then prepare and articulate the answers and solutions to them.

  • Great communicators don’t just boss others around. Use your communications skills to teach and empower your coworkers.

Always Act With Integrity

Don’t take credit for things you haven’t done and don’t take shortcuts. Skipping out on doing something the right way doesn’t make you an expert, however, this doesn’t mean that you have to do everything yourself.

There will always be things we’re not so good at. In those circumstances, you have to learn how to delegate those responsibilities to others who have the skills required to get the job done. Part of being a good expert is seeing the strengths of others and how their talents can be put to good use.

  • Give others credit for a job well done. Wise leaders and the most incredible of experts don’t do everything themselves. They have a talented team around them who have the skills they themselves lack.

By following these simple steps you’ll become the person with the answers. These are the experts who become irreplaceable and well respected because they take action.

How have you developed expertise in your field?Post your comments here.