Lesson 18: Work in the spirit of service is worship
“It is incumbent upon each one of you to engage in some occupation – such as a craft, a trade or the like. We have exalted your engagement in such work to the rank of worship of the one true God.” – Bahá’u’lláh
As we grow up, we each become engaged in different kinds of work and make an effort to learn the skills and abilities, knowledge and qualities, we need to serve. Be it as a farmer, a doctor, a teacher, a scientist, a musician, or a factory worker. You too, will need to think about how you will contribute to the welfare of society as you grow older.
With this introduction, the children then brainstormed some ideas of possible occupations and specifically, what professions they would like to carry out – we had it all, from zoo keeper, to fashion designer, to ornithologist – there are sooo many options out there! 🙂
Our craft/art activity was inspired by today’s story on calligraphy. During the time of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, the children in ‘Akka were taught to do calligraphy. One boy found it very hard to concentrate and patiently practice it, as he would rather go out and play. One day, he used all his willpower to perservere and produced a beautiful piece of calligraphy, so when it came around to showing his work to ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, he received praise for it and was the happiest boy in the world. But the following week, he hadn’t produced any more work to present and thought if he would show the same piece again, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá surely wouldn’t remember… But of course He did and commented on the fact how closely this piece matched the one he showed last week…
We noticed that doing calligraphy takes a lot of patience, perseverance and care – and probably a lot of practice to become good at it. The perfect exercise in endurance and excellence 😉
We used the letters of the P22 Ruthie typeface to trace our names and practice a little calligraphy – everyone did an amazing job! wohoo!