Declaring my faith

The stairs leading to the Shrine of the BabOn this day 164 years ago, the Bab, declared that He was the Promised One whose Mission was to prepare humanity for one even greater than Himself, Baha’u’llah, who would come to educate and heal humanity and lead us all to an ever-advancing civilization.

On this day 12 years ago, having gone through many highs and lows in my search for spiritual Truth, I found myself unable to resist the Call of God anymore, and made a second declaration of my Faith; the first one, almost 7 years earlier, had been equally sincere but had been stifled by mere intellectual embrace of the teachings and lack of a sustainable change in my lifestyle.

On this day 1 year ago, I was faced with the destruction and despair which my selective following of God’s Laws brought to my life.

Today — and every single day for the rest of my life — I declare that God is one, that His Promised One for this day and age is Baha’u’llah, and that Baha’u’llah’s message is a healing one indeed! And that His laws are not pick-and-choose; but if you follow them, life can be great!

I might be a slow learner but I am not a quitter 🙂

Heed not your weaknesses and frailty; fix your gaze upon the invincible power of the Lord, your God, the Almighty.
(The Báb, quoted in The Dawnbreakers, p. 94)

Perhaps the reason why you have not accomplished so much in the field of teaching is the extent you looked upon your own weaknesses and inabilities to spread the message. Bahá’u’lláh and the Master have both urged us repeatedly to disregard our own handicaps and lay our whole reliance upon God. He will come to our help if we only arise and become an active channel for God’s grace. Do you think it is the teachers who make converts and change human hearts? No, surely not. They are only pure souls who take the first step, and then let the spirit of Bahá’u’lláh move them and make use of them. If any one of them should even for a second consider his achievements as due to his own capacities, his work is ended and his fall starts. This is in fact the reason why so many competent souls have after wonderful services suddenly found themselves absolutely impotent and perhaps thrown aside by the Spirit of the Cause as useless souls. The criterion is the extent to which we are ready to have the will of God operate through us.

Stop being conscious of your frailties, therefore; have a perfect reliance upon God; let your heart burn with the desire to serve His mission and proclaim His call; and you will observe how eloquence and the power to change human hearts will come as a matter of course.

Shoghi Effendi will surely pray for your success if you should arise and start to teach. In fact the mere act of arising will win for you God’s help and blessings.
(From a letter dated 31 March 1932 written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi to an individual believer)

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