Living A Virtuous Life Grade 2 Set 6 Lesson 16


The next 3 lessons are about devoting our lives to service.

  • What does that mean: to devote our lives to service?
  • How do we even start to do this with so much going on in our lives every day? 
  • The first step in this process is to live a virtuous life.
  • What exactly does living a virtuous life mean?

By reading the story, and learning the prayer and quote in the next three lessons, we will begin to understand how we can devote our lives to service. We can then also understand what service is and how we can serve every day.


O Thou kind Lord! These lovely children are the handiwork of the fingers of Thy might and the wondrous signs of Thy greatness. O God! Protect these children, graciously assist them to be educated and enable them to render service to the world of humanity. O God! These children are pearls, cause them to be nurtured within the shell of Thy loving-kindness. Thou art the Bountiful, the All-Loving.



God loves us and always wants us to be near Him. One way we can draw nearer to God is through service. We serve God when we serve His loved ones. There are many ways in which we can serve our fellow human beings.

We can, for example, visit the sick, help those in need, and share what we learn with others. We should strive to serve all people, whether rich or poor, friends or strangers.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá was our perfect Exemplar. He showed us what it means to walk a path of service to humanity.  His entire life was dedicated to helping other people. In fact, His very name means “Servant of God”. He was never concerned for His own needs or comfort. He did not seek wealth or power. He never wanted any titles or recognition. His only desire was to serve God and humanity. “My station is the station of servitude,” He often told the Friends. This is the highest station to place oneself in the service of others. This is the station that we are all trying to achieve. What greater joy than to bring joy to another soul? What greater honor than to be seen as a true servant of God and humanity? That we may all follow in the ways of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, let us memorize the following quotation:

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



  • Dedicate
  • Service
  • Human Race

Dervi always pays close attention during art class and spends many hours preparing herself for each class. Dervi dedicates much of her time to the arts.

Hung Wei’s father has a vegetable garden. Every day Hung Wei helps his father weed and water the garden. Hung Wei is dedicated to helping his father.

Mumbi, Apiyo, and Tocho cleaned the schoolyard after the storm had left it full of broken branches and leaves from the trees. They were happy to render this service to the school.

Sachiko walks four kilometers to give a children’s class. She is happy to walk this far each week because she wants nothing more than to be of service to the community.

At school, we saw pictures of people from many different countries. All of these people belong to the human race.

The museum has musical instruments from all over the world. Looking at their many shapes and sizes, the children were reminded of both the diversity of the human race and of the love of people everywhere for music.



A Story On How To Serve

Remember the story of Lua Getsinger from Lesson 2 regarding prayer? The following story about Lua, will help illustrate what it means to be a servant of God.

You remember from our lesson on prayer that Lua Getsinger was one of the early Bahais in the West who visited ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in the prison city of ‘Akka.

One day during her visit, the Master took her aside and explained to her that He had many pressing matters to attend to and would not be able to call upon a friend who was very sick. He wished Lua to go in His place. He told her to take some food to the sick man and care for him as He had been doing.

Lua learned the address of the man and immediately set off to do as ‘Abdu’l-Bahá had asked. She felt proud that ‘Abdu’l-Bahá had entrusted her with a task that He would usually have carried out Himself. But, only a short while later, she returned to ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in a state of excitement. “Master, “she exclaimed, “surely you cannot realize to what a terrible place you sent me. I almost fainted from the awful stench, the filthy rooms, the degrading condition of that man and his house. I fled lest I contract some terrible disease.”

‘Abdu’l-Bahá gazed at her sadly and sternly. If she wanted to serve God, He explained, she must serve her fellow man, because in every person she should see the image and likeness of God. Then He told her to go back to the sick man’s house. If the house was dirty, she should clean it. If he was hungry, she should feed him. He asked her not to come back until all of this was done.  ‘Abdu’l-Bahá had done these things for His friend many times, and she should be able to do them this once, He told her with firmness. That is how Lua learned an important lesson about what it means to serve her fellow human beings.


This period of the class can begin with the usual stretching exercise. Lead the class in the next set of activities related to the theme “the spirit of service”. Explain that today they will improvise a situation that will help them gain further understanding of what it means to serve humanity. Divide the youngsters into groups of three and then describe the following scenario for them:

Ask the children to imagine that they arrive home one day and their mother tells them their aunt is sick. Their mother has prepared some soup for her, and the children ask whether they can take it to their aunt and look after her for a while. Their kind offer brings joy to their mother’s heart, and the three children set off with the soup. Have the children show you how they would carry the soup carefully to the aunt’s house, making sure not to spill it. When they arrive at the house, they greet their aunt and inquire about her health. First, they take care of her needs. Ask the children to tell you what specific things they would do for her. Perhaps she is cold and needs more blankets, or requires water or a book, and they bring these things to her. They can demonstrate to you how they would carry out these tasks. Next, they look around the aunt’s house to see what chores need to be done, for example, washing the dishes, sweeping the floor, or doing the laundry, and they practice performing these tasks. Once they are familiar with all the elements of the scenario, each of the groups can act it out in its entirety.



  1. Bake a cake or make cookies for someone who is ill or sad.
  2. Send a card, or make one and send it.
  3. Help someone with a task they are struggling with
  4. Pick flowers or buy flowers and take them to someone who needs cheering up
  5. Can you sing or play an instrument? then why not do so to bring joy to the heart of a friend?



We have made so many flowers in the past I am sure you are all experts. Here are a few easy flowers to make if you need them:

Make a musical instrument

Making musical instruments from items around the house is easy. and sure to cheer the heart of someone.


We will make an interactive booklet based on the story of Lua and the sick man. some elements are lift the flap, others are push and pull tabs. The template for all the pages to be uploaded soon


O Son of Spirit! My first counsel is this: Possess a pure, kindly and radiant heart 


We should at all times manifest our truthfulness and sincerity





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