"Let it ever be borne in mind
that we earn our victories through test and trial;
we turn crisis to the advantage of progress
by seizing the opportunity it provides
to demonstrate the viability and winning power of our principles."
-Universal House of Justice
◈ What is crisis; do we need it?
◈ How should we react when calamities and difficulties occur in our lives?
◈ What are some constructive and destructive responses to a crisis?
Crisis. It is unavoidable. All of us will have to face it at some point or another. Sometimes we face problems by ourselves, sometimes in our communities, and at some critical moments it seems as though the whole world is in a state of crisis. But it is our attitude towards crisis that is so important. Abdu’l-Bahá tells us that “tests are benefits from God, for which we should thank him… they are sent to us by Divine Mercy for our own perfecting.” “Anybody can be happy in the state of comfort… but to be happy and contented in the time of trouble… is the proof of nobility.” While it is easy to read these words of wisdom, it is only through practice and experience that we understand the importance of gratitude for these tests; they are given to us as an opportunity to grow! Tests and difficulties are God's precious gift to us and understanding that they are mercifully given to us for our own growth will assuredly help us in our attitudes towards them when they come.
This week, Elevate offers you its first original - a short video called Crisis: The Human Experience which focuses on how some people experience crisis, and how they deal with it. Bahá’u’lláh says, “Should prosperity befall thee, rejoice not, and should abasement come upon thee, grieve not, for both will pass away and be no more”. Finding reasons to be grateful in times of crisis might be tough, but we must be assured that they will end, and through them we will have found within ourselves new and wonderful gems of strength, perseverance, and reliance on the Almighty. Embrace Crisis. It's good for you.
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