When I became a Baha’i, it really helped me to actually understand my own Christianity.
I’ve learned a lot about how to appreciate the virtues and spiritual qualities of different people. I’ve also learned to not judge a book by its cover — people’s appearances do not show the quality of their souls.
I had a big problem with revelation, the idea of revelation, with somebody who said that he was a prophet of God. And that was something what was not easy for me to accept it, and it took me 13 years to accept it. In 2015 I had an accident on the highway and I was really stuck into the car. And it was taken to the fire department — it took more than 45 minutes to get me out of the car because I was really stuck into that car. But there were no bones broken. And this was on one of the holy days of the Baha’is, and afterwards I felt […] that I needed to thank something greater, something bigger than me, for having survived this terrible accident.
The teachings of the Baha’i Faith changed my life in a very big way. I am more of a responsible citizen of Botswana. I have started realising that I play a big role in my country in regards to community building, in regards to moral education. I no longer wait for somebody to do it for me, or for the government to do it for me: I take charge, that’s how the Baha’i Faith has impacted me.
Lately I’ve been reflecting on one’s ability to see a bigger vision, however the small things do contribute to that vision. It is easy to focus on the big picture, but it is important to fall in love with doing the small things.
… we cannot just pay back the love that God has given us. The only thing that we can do is return His love by our dedication, our prayers, our communion, our conversation with Him…
How I really became a Baha’i was through this close family friend [who] told me a story of someone who was curious but hesitant and cautious towards the Baha’i Faith but who decided to give it a go. Only after three months of routine prayers, sometimes seemingly dull, and attendance of Baha’i gatherings, did she feel a connection [– all this] after defining herself as a Baha’i for three months. This story inspired me; it reminded me faith isn’t something you stumble upon but rather you have to make the effort if you want to truly know what faith you might have. This led me to consider the Baha’i Faith more seriously.
Since my inside world changed, my outside world also changed to become brighter: my life is surrounded by joy…
I need to always strive to progress spiritually so that I can be able to serve people whether spiritually or physically.
I could be myself and grow up in a loving and a caring environment, and I think that’s the key point why the Baha’i Faith has been so important for me.
Something I’ve learned [about service to humanity] is that there’s always a surprise; things never go as you expect when you set out to serve. And that’s kind of a put down because you find something sometimes better in an unexpected place. Leave your preconceived notions at the door.
I’m a mother, my daughter is nine, so she’s just sort of coming to this age of tremendous power. And I think about this a lot, for the youth: I think about how it can be dangerous if you don’t have a channel for that power, but how really powerful it is if you do.
Abdu’l-Baha defines knowledge as a way of spreading human happiness and joy […] whenever we get new knowledge from any Manifestation or [sacred] writings, it always comes with a new wave of happiness or gives us energy to do more for humanity.
The main thing I’ve been reflecting on is service [to others…] What I’ve been learning is confidence, because I get to interact with adults and so it helps me build confidence and to come out of this shell.
I think it’s important to even go back to the basics of the Baha’i Faith, even if you know something and even if you have already read something because you learn something new each time. Each time you read something you’re in a different state in your life, and it resonates with you differently. So something that I read when I was 15 is going to be something completely different than when I’m 18, right now. And so that’s why I think it’s so important to continue learning.
Seeing people from different races, classes, and backgrounds really makes you understand how, at the end of the day, we’re all human. At the end of the day we all are going towards the same place, just taking different paths. And having the ability to share the same interests with many people from different places gives you a sense of how unified the world can be, if we just all decide to love one another.
The Baha’i Faith colours my life, my decisions and choices. It is like an anchor that pulls me back to what is important. It gives me spiritual food and makes me raise questions. It is like the energy that makes me move forward. […] I know I am always taken care of, even in the most difficult challenges when I forget it.
… until you give to others you don’t know what you can do. And usually you doubt yourself, you wonder, ‘What do I have that others would want?’ but […] once you get to the first step, you feel the joy.
I have been reflecting about the purpose of tests and difficulties. How to be grateful for both the sorrow and the joy. I am realising the beauty of tests; seeing them as a bright light, rather than a dark tunnel […] I have been striving to see the end in the beginning, and to know that at the end of every hardship, we will come out stronger, wiser, and more capable…
I’ve always thought of consultation as individuals sharing their perspectives through voice. But I realised that some people may be more enthused, and some people may naturally talk more, and as someone who talks less, and someone who is more keen to listening […] I’ve been realising that it’s actually my non-verbal communication that really can impact the atmosphere.