Archive for November, 2013

Be generous in prosperity, and thankful in adversity

November 30, 2013

“Be generous in prosperity, and thankful in adversity. Be worthy of the trust of thy neighbor, and look upon him 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, a preserver of the sanctity of thy 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, a haven for the distressed, an upholder and defender of the victim of oppression. Let integrity and uprightness distinguish all thine 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 an ornament to the countenance of truth, a crown to the brow of fidelity, a pillar of the temple of righteousness, a breath of life to the body of mankind, an ensign of the hosts of justice, a luminary above the horizon of virtue, a dew to the soil of the human heart, an ark on the ocean of knowledge, a sun in the heaven of bounty, a gem on the diadem of wisdom, a shining light in the firmament of thy generation, a fruit upon the tree of humility.”

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―     Bahá’u’lláh     www.goodreads.com

 

in God’s own time

November 23, 2013

In God’s Own Time

 

God thinks differently than we do.

To Him, Time is not money,

It does not fly away when you’re having fun,

or have to be assessed

one day at a time,

Time is not of the essence,

because the essence of our lives is not measured

in minutes,

but rather in moments,

and what happened in them,

who we hurt, or who we loved

in each immeasurable instance.

Did we think we were the Cause,

or the conductor

of that energy?

Were we the Creator

or the Reflector

of the Sun?

In the eye of God,

Time does not advance,

and it certainly does not happen

as we want it to.

For us, minutes turn into hours,

turn into days, and years,

and we want things to happen in a certain length

of time,

There may be reasons unknown to us,

things we don’t see at the … time,

There may be something we have to learn,

and it may take a lifetime or more,

It may be a moment for someone else,

and we are not aware of it,

We are backed up in traffic

there is an accident ahead,

The person in the accident

may or may not make it,

depending on whether it is their time

to go,

We don’t know,

All we can do is move forward,

and not judge our lives by minutes on a clock,

but rather judge it by our  moments of compassion,

and the effort we put forth

with all our best intentions.

cfblack   11-23-2013