Have you ever had anyone say that to you?
Maybe you’ve said it yourself.
It’s true. We can’t all be Mother Teresa. But don’t you think we should try?
Though she may appeared to have been, I’m sure that Mother Teresa wasn’t perfect. She did, however, live a life devoted to serving others. I think if more of us lived with her mindset, the world would be a much better place. She is no longer with us, but she made some pretty profound statements that I think are worth, not only remembering, but emulating.
“If you judge people, you have no time to love them.” – I’m pretty sure we are all guilty of this one. Can we love someone while we are judging them? I’d like to spend a lot more time loving and a lot less judging. (Matthew 7:1-5)
“We cannot do great things on this Earth, only small things with great love.” – Too often we feel that our lives are small and insignificant, that any good we do is only a tiny drop in a huge bucket. I don’t believe that’s true. Apparently, Mother Teresa didn’t either. As with all things, it’s the love behind the action that matters, not the size. (Luke 21:1-4)
“Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.” – A smile is free, so there are no excuses for not giving them generously. You may never know the impact a smile can have on a hurting person. (Romans 15:2)
“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.” – We may not have the funds to give a tangible gift, but a kind word may change a life. The only cost is some thought, consideration, and a little love. (Proverbs 31:26)
“Live simply so that others may simply live.” – Mother Teresa sacrificed the comforts of this world in order to make others more comfortable. Is there anything we would be willing to give up so that others may live better? (Proverbs 11:24)
“Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at His disposition, and listening to His voice in the depth of our hearts.” – Like my Pastor says, God is not Santa Clause. I think, too often, we forget that. We come to Him with a list of the things we would like. That isn’t all bad because He asks us to do that. However, let us not forget to give Him praise, honor, and glory for His goodness. Let us not forget to put our lives in the center of His will. And perhaps, most importantly, let us be still enough to hear His voice in response. (Matthew 6:9-13, John 10:27)
“A life not lived for others is not a life.” – Scripture tells us that our lives are not our own because we were bought with a price (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). We are also told that we are to consider others more valuable than ourselves and look to their interests as much as our own (Philippians 2:3-4).
“The good you do today may be forgotten. Do good anyway.” Jesus told us that we need to be careful that we do not do good deeds to be seen by men for their approval. Instead, we are to seek God’s approval. If we are following His advice, or command, we will do good even when man does not remember or reward us. (Matthew 6:1)
“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then just feed one.” – Jesus said that we will always have the poor with us. I think that we live in a fallen world so the issue of poverty is really too big for us to fix this side of heaven. I don’t believe, however, that Jesus meant that we shouldn’t even bother trying. In fact, He taught exactly the opposite. I think the idea here is that we don’t need to focus on whether or not we can solve the poverty issue (or how), but to do what we can to help as many as we can. (1 John 3:17)
“I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.” – Wow! I’m not sure I have much to add to this profound statement except to ask the question, why should we only love in our comfort, when we can love til it hurts? (1 John 4:7-21)
“I’m a little pencil in the hand of a writing God, who is sending a love letter to the world.” – Oh, that this would be true of me, and of you, for His Glory. (John 3:16)
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that Your Word gives us a living, breathing example of how we are to live our lives so that we can be more like Your Son, Jesus Christ. Thank You that you have given us examples of believers to teach, inspire, and encourage those same traits in us. Help us to shine our lights for You so that You would be glorified. In the precious name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.
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