“How pleased we are to note the many insights the believers are gaining from their endeavours.” The House of Justice is watching over us, following our progress as we build up our capacity to serve humanity.
The unfoldment of the Plan is a “dynamic”, “complex” process that “does not lend itself to ready simplification.” How many times have we been reminded that there are no shortcuts, no pre-planned scripts to follow? This process requires us to transform ourselves, to develop spiritual perception, discernment, patience, wisdom, and constancy.
How does the process move forward? As we increase our ability to (1) raise up human resources, that is, help people to arise to serve; and to (2) coordinate and organize well the actions of those who arise.
New initiatives and features of programs of growth (for example, canvassing neighbourhoods, or home visiting campaigns, or projects to reach out to specific populations) require special attention for a time, and eventually, once we gain experience with them, they become just one part of our toolbox. They don’t become less important or necessary, and we use them when we need them.
Sometimes, the need to invest energy in developing a certain tool in our toolbox means that a lot of people focus on a certain activity for a while. But conditions and goals change from one cycle of growth to the next, and not everyone needs to “be occupied with the same aspect of the Plan”. We should stay alert and learn how to discern when conditions require us to develop new tools, at the same time allowing for the development of a wide variety of paths of service in our community—as individuals contribute to the unfoldment of the Plan using those tools with which they best show mastery.
“Furthermore, the friends are conscious that the work of the Cause proceeds at different speeds in different places and for good reason–it is, after all, an organic phenomenon–and they take joy and encouragement from every instance of progress they see.” We must not be dismayed if things proceed more slowly than we would like. Progress will come in time, and we must learn to take joy with what we are given. The measure of some is but a cup, and others, a gallon-measure, and ours is the duty to be filled to the brim.
Each person contributes something valuable to the progress of the whole; “the service rendered by each one, in keeping with the possibilities created by a person’s circumstances, is welcomed by all.”
Reflection meetings become the scene of “earnest and uplifting deliberation” on “the community’s efforts, in their entirety”. Our consultations show sincerity and intense conviction. We “learn what has been accomplished overall”, understand our own personal efforts in that light, and come to understand better the process of growth through the “counsels of the institutions” and the “experience of [our] fellow believers”.
“…progress is most easily achieved in an environment imbued with love–one in which shortcomings are overlooked with forbearance, obstacles are overcome with patience, and tested approaches are embraced with enthusiasm.” The quality of love is key to everything we do. Love begets attraction and unity. People who love each other work together, grow together and overcome difficulties.
“And so it is that, through the wise direction of institutions and agencies of the Faith functioning at every level, the friends’ exertions, however modest individually, coalesce into a collective effort to ensure that receptivity to the call of the Blessed Beauty is identified quickly and nurtured effectively.” Nothing more to say about that for the time being but it’s awesome. Food for further thought.