Tuesday, May 03, 2011

on being a grace giver

She's known as an incredible woman in a diminutive body.  She seemed ageless... tireless... 

Of course, I didn't really KNOW her... just knew of her.  Saw her picture occasionally.  Read stories about her.  Saw highlights of her life on the evening news... a tiny woman caring for the poor in Calcutta, India.

Referred to as Blessed Teresa of Calcutta by Catholics and known as Mother Teresa to most of the world, she was a grace giver... giving grace to those who had nothing left to give.

Several years ago, my sisters went together and bought me a beautiful wall plaque for Christmas.  It hangs on my living room wall. Often I over look it. Other times I ponder the words inscribed.  I quote this often and live it seldom.  Regardless, I want to be this kind of grace giver... 

... because giving grace is really about my relationship with Grace anyway.

People are often unreasonable and self-centered.
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives.
Be kind anyway.
If you are honest, people may cheat you.
Be honest anyway.
If you find happiness, people may be jealous.
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough.
Give your best anyway.
For in the end, it is between you and God.
It never was between you and them anyway.
~Mother Teresa

1 comment:

  1. Hi Heidi! I love the picture of your girls on your blog header! I wanted to thank you for posting Mother Teresa's quote this morning. I needed to hear those words.


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