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