The Purpose Of Life Is Not Happiness: It’s Usefulness
Darius Foroux
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There are teachings in my faith, the Baha’i Faith, that elevate Service to the level of worship — that’s how important service is in this day and time:

“All effort and exertion put forth by man from the fullness of his heart is worship, if it is prompted by the highest motives and the will to do service to humanity.”

“This is worship: to serve mankind and to minister to the needs of the people.”

“All effort and exertion put forth by man from the fullness of his heart is worship, if it is prompted by the highest motives and the will to do service to humanity. This is worship: to serve mankind and to minister to the needs of the people. Service is prayer. A physician ministering to the sick, gently, tenderly, free from prejudice and believing in the solidarity of the human race, he is giving praise.”

Also, to Baha’is, Service IS the purpose of life. There is no doubt about why we are here. We are here to develop our spiritual capacities to aid us throughout all the worlds of God — after our earthly life ends — and we exist to be of service to humanity:

“…Therefore, order your lives in accordance with the first principle of the divine teaching, which is love. Service to humanity is service to God.”

“That one indeed is a man who, today, dedicateth himself to the service of the entire human race.”

“Man’s merit lieth in service and virtue and not in the pageantry of wealth and riches.”

“Think ye at all times of rendering some service to every member of the human race. Pay ye no heed to aversion and rejection, to disdain, hostility, injustice: act ye in the opposite way. Be ye sincerely kind, not in appearance only. Let each one of God’s loved ones centre his attention on this: to be the Lord’s mercy to man; to be the Lord’s grace. Let him do some good to every person whose path he crosseth, and be of some benefit to him. Let him improve the character of each and all, and reorient the minds of men.”

“God has given us eyes, that we may look about us at the world, and lay hold of whatsoever will further civilization and the arts of living. He has given us ears, that we may hear and profit by the wisdom of scholars and philosophers and arise to promote and practice it. Senses and faculties have been bestowed upon us, to be devoted to the service of the general good; so that we, distinguished above all other forms of life for perceptiveness and reason, should labor at all times and along all lines, whether the occasion be great or small, ordinary or extraordinary, until all mankind are safely gathered into the impregnable stronghold of knowledge.”

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