Mother Teresa of Calcutta blessed this earth with years of love and service. She left a legacy of faith and perseverance. Wouldn't it be wonderful to have a conversation with this precious daughter of the Most High to ask her a few piercing questions. I, for one, would love to ask her how she handled herself when others spoke against her ministry. Or what was her response when she heard a lie or was exposed to gossip, sometimes from the very people who insisted they were great supporters of her calling. Surely, even Mother Teresa experienced those trying times when she and her Sisters were misrepresented or attacked
Even though it is impossible to sit with her and seek the depth of her wisdom, our world has been left with many of her quotes and writings that would benefit us greatly. I will close today with one of her most insightful and perhaps most familiar statements. Before I remind you of her words, however, I would like to add some thoughts from a few of those with whom I have the opportunity to search for answers. I challenge you to identify the golden thread running through each.
So.....what do we do about it when we have become the target? Or if we find ourselves as part of the problem? Let's go to Mother Teresa for this one.
Do it Anyway
People are often unreasonable, illogical 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 false friends and some true
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.
You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and your God;
It was never between you and them anyway.
Well said, Beautiful Servant of God. Now....just one more challenge....did you identify the golden thread running through the insights posted in this meditation? Take just a moment and consider your words and actions.....now ask yourself....which role do I most often occupy???? Let God reveal the truth...."Am I more often the one speaking ill of another?"......or..."Am I more often the one on the receiving end of another's malicious heart?" Either way......whatever God has called you to do, get your heart and your mind right......and, you guessed it.....Do It Anyway!