"He verily shall increase the reward of them that endure with patience." 9
We are reminded that "Although the child receives formal education in school, it is at home that character is developed and moral and spiritual attitudes are formed. Therefore, "all the virtues must be taught in the family." Patience, loyalty, trustworthiness, justice, honesty – such virtues as these constitute the building blocks of character."
Today we are going to talk about patience. What does patience mean? If we are patient we quietly wait through pain, or some other problem without shouting, complaining or making a fuss. If you are sick and have to go to the doctor or clinic, you wait patiently until the nurse or doctor can see you. You don’t complain that everyone is being so slow, that you are tired, or that you want to go home.
If you are showing your friend how to play a game. You show him quietly again and again until he or she understands. You are patient with him.
Your mother asks you to watch your little brother while she goes next door to borrow some onions. She takes longer than you expect. If you act patiently, what do you do?
Here is a story about patience.
JOHAN AND THE FLOWER POT
Johan loved his grandpa and his grandpa loved him. They were so happy when they were together.
One day grandpa said to Johan, "Come and see what I have got for you." He took Johan to the place under the big tree where he put his special plants. There he pointed to a beautiful shiny plant pot filled with soil, and then he took hold of Johan’s hand and put a round scaly brown thing into it.. "This is a lily bulb which looks dead now, but will spring to life when the summer comes. But like all living things it needs care especially as it will live in this pot and rely on you for all its food. Let’s make a hole in this soil, right in the middle, and plant the bulb." With that said, grandpa gave Johan a trowel, to make the hole, and in no time the bulb was buried in the soil. "Now," said Grandpa, "you will need to take a look at it every day to make sure that the soil does not get too dry, and you must not water it too often either. You need to check that all’s well, and one day you will see what you will see!"
Johan listened carefully to what grandpa had said, and everyday, as soon as he got back from school, before he began his homework he would take a quick look at the flower pot, and all he saw was soil. "O, Grandpa," he said, "I think that bulb has died. There is still nothing to see."
"Have patience, boy," said Grandpa,"these things take their own time." Johan continued to check on his plant pot every day and still there was no sign of life. Then suddenly, one day, he thought that he could see a little something, and right enough, the next day he was sure that something green was just beginning to show through the soil. As the days went by the green turned out to be leaves which slowly grew, followed by a different kind of green thing which turned out to be a flower bud. This was followed in time by the most beautiful yellow daffodil that Johan had ever seen!
"Wonderful! You were rewarded for your patience!" said Grandpa.
ACTIVITIES
The children can plan skits showing impatient and cross people. Then for each impatient scene they act out how God would like to see them behave – to act with patience.
9. Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u’llah, p.129