Monday, February 1, 2010

Wisdom From Mother Teresa

Yesterday at church a sister spoke about charity and quoted this famous verse by Mother Teresa. It impressed me so much that I wanted to share it:

"People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway.
What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.
Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway."
- Mother Teresa

What a wonderful legacy of discipleship she left for us! I want to memorize this and live by this.


5L's said...

this is just what i needed this week...thanks!

Alicia said...

Thanks for stopping by 5L's I needed this too. It has been rolling around in my head over and over since I heard it yesterday. It is such a liberating thought, I love it!

RGG said...

Amen Sister
I love that quote. When I was growing up,Mother Teresa was at the height of her popularity.She was a hero. Anything that she did was front page news.I admired her so much. I was really surprised and a little sad to hear her say in an interview before her death that she felt that God didn't "hear" her prayers anymore. A quote "I am told that God loves me-and yet the reality of darkness & coldness & emptiness is so great that nothing touches my soul" I hope that she is at peace now.

Alicia said...

Wow RGG,
I didn't know that she said that. I guess we all have experienced moments of feeling like that. Even Christ prayed, "My God, My God why hast thou forsaken me?". The Savior took upon us all our sins and pain, including the deep pain of feeling abandoned by God, so that He might more fully know how to succor His people.

Thanks for stopping by RGG, I've enjoyed reading your testimony on your blog.

RGG said...

RGG said...
Thanks for stopping by Alicia. I will pray for you too. I think that sometimes we want to do everything in a big way.We want everyone to jump on that wagon and sing with us. I am learning that maybe if we "wait".The scriptures say that those who wait on the Lord shall have their strength renewed (their faith restored). They shall mount up as if on eagles wings, they shall run an not be weary. The Apostle Paul encouraged us to be not weary in well doing.So good,pray without ceasing for your companion,and your sisters, I will too. The effectual fervernt prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
Have a great day

February 3, 2010 5:19 PM

Alicia said...

Thanks Ramona! I'm so glad to know your name now :) Thanks for your example. I'm proud to say we are sisters!

Anonymous said...

Hi Alicia! Just today I heard that there is going to be a Mother Teresa postage stamp but there are some atheists who are causing quite a stir about it. I found an article here. It angers me that they want to make stupid excuses for not honoring her.

Alicia said...

Hi Jessica, I read the article you refrenced...How sad. It always bothers me when people say, "freedom from religion". Our founding fathers would turn over in their grave if they heard that. They established a new country so we could have freedom OF religion not "freedom from". They also emphasized their should not be a state church... but people have twisted that into being separation between church and state.

I think the phrase "freedom from religion" is an interesting paradox... where is the freedom when we don't choose God or virtue? There is no freedom or happiness in sin, there never was and there never will be.

Atheism is a religion in and of itself, and a very sorry religion at that... it is where one does not believe in a Supreme Creator yet creates their own self to be a God by trusting in their own flesh and sciences alone.

One time an atheist said to me that I only believed in God as a crutch so I would feel better about dying....hmmm... really... I thought it was the other way around...

thanks for your comment Jessica, have a wonderful day.