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.
That was found on the wall of Mother Teresa’s home in Calcutta. If you know who she was, you know her commitment to serve the poor and to stand up where most people run from. That is another reason we must do something.
In the face of pain, keep on. When it brings stress, push through. Let others see how God deals with people, the people, all people, that He loves. There is more to our action and ministry that just doing good things. Our actions and choices has consequences, bad and good.
I look back on the happenings of this past weekend’s back2school outreach and remember many smiles and even a few frowns. It is easy to allow the feelings of those around us to capture attitudes and change our choices.
The most important thing we can do is to “do the most good” which is not easy. These kids and their families need what we are offering. There will be more opportunities. It is not about how many students we served. It is about opening doors to serve. Because we are blessed we have to bless others.
Mother Teresa understood her place. She knew what God called her to do, and she pushed through the pain and made a difference in many, many lives. We must do the same!
John 1:16 NLT
From his abundance we have all received one gracious blessing after another.