Be generous in prosperity, and thankful in adversity. Be worthy of the trust of thy neighbor, and look upon him or her with a bright and friendly face. Be a treasure to the poor, an admonisher to the rich, an answerer of the cry of the needy, and a preserver of God’s pledge.
Be fair in thy judgment and guarded in thy speech. Be unjust to no man and show all meekness to all men. Be as a lamp unto them that walk in darkness, a joy to the sorrowful, a sea for the thirsty. Be a haven for the distressed, an upholder and defender of the victim of oppression.
Let integrity and uprightness distinguish all your acts. Be a home for the stranger, a balm to the suffering, a tower of strength for the fugitive. Be eyes to the blind and a guiding light unto the feet of the erring. Be a pillar of the temple of righteousness, a breath of life to the body of humanity, and an ensign of the host of justice.
Be a luminary above the horizon of virtue, a dew to the soil of the human heart. Be an ark on the ocean of knowledge, a sun in the heaven of bounty, and a gem on the diadem of wisdom. Be a shining light for thy generation and a fruit upon the tree of humility.
. . . ~Bahá’u’lláh
- First Priorities First! (womenhelpingaffirmthemselves.wordpress.com)
The pathway to God is straight and narrow. This narrow path has less travelers because innumerable obstacles will block their way. Don’t be surprised when those you may know and love are not there! Everyone else is on the frequently traveled . . . super highway to wherever.
By way of sincere and constant prayer, you can overcome obstacles and be guided along the narrow path. Prayer helps you to advance toward God, to not lose sight of your special destiny, and to develop and strengthen your soul.
When you pray you should center your thoughts on God. You should forget the things of the world, what is going on around you, and even your own self. To forget all else except God is not easy. Effort is needed! It requires great yearning! When your heart is pure and free of your own imaginings and desires, your prayers have the greatest effect.
Another very important requirement for reaching the true state of prayer is faith. You should have complete trust in the mercy of God and be certain that He will grant what is best for you.
There is a very special relationship between the soul and the body, which together form a human being. This relationship last only the span of a mortal life. When life ceases, each one returns to its origin, the body to the world of dust and the soul to the spiritual worlds of God. The soul, after its separation from the body, progresses for all eternity.
The soul is a spiritual entity created by God. A soul which is faithful to God will reflect His light and be drawn to Him. The faithful soul will attain a sublime position and eternal happiness, but the unfaithful soul will recognize its loss and be consumed in eternal remorse.
Life is not the changes and chances of the world, its true significance is found in the development of the soul. Just as in the womb, one acquires the powers needed for this world, so in this world we should acquire the powers needed for the next!
Priority Number One – Put God First
Putting this priority first will help with all other priorities. Okay! Well, you ask . . . How?
- Daily Prayers (supplications) – being humble to your Creator
- Obligatory Prayers – based on your faith or religion
- Fixed Requirements or Holy Days – that are performed or recognized for your faith or religion
Prayers and supplications are the very water of life. They are the cause of existence, the refining of the soul, and attaining to the utmost of joy. Know that in every word and movement in prayer . . . there are allusions, mysteries, and a wisdom that we are unable to comprehend.
Priority Number Two – Love Self
Without this priority, no other priority matters! Okay! Well, you ask . . . How?
- Believe in yourself – If you don’t believe in yourself . . . who else will?
- Never stop learning and seeking the truth – NEVER!!!!
- Check your belief system from time to time – you can’t always be right!
- Take care of important things to you-health, family, career, future, etc.
Always remember that worldly attachments and vain desires impede the soul’s closeness to God. Don’t be surprised when things are not the way you expect. All things, whether good or bad, are ordained by God.
Priority Number Three – Repeat Priorities One and Two
This priority will help you to remember your top two priorities! Without this priority, you may mistakenly take someone else’s priorities as your priority without noticing.
- What’s the priority? (restnwrite.wordpress.com)
WHAT do you make a priority in your prayers?
When you pray, you are having a conversation with your Spiritual Adviser.
You need to understand that the life you are living has a higher purpose. You are seeking the answers to questions you hope will guide you to your destiny. What you pray and how you pray is a unique opportunity to build faith, hope, and love.
Practice these daily for spiritual growth:
PRAY – you talk to God
READ YOUR HOLY BOOK – God talks to you
TESTIFY – You talk for God