People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centred; 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 true enemies; Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you; Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight; Build anyway.
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 God; it was never between you and them anyway.
These words of Mother Teresa are words to live by. She saw the face of Christ in society’s rejects and ministered to Him.
She understood the Spirit of the letter in the Bible where at the end of it all, God separates the sheep from the goats, neither of whom recognized Him travelling Spiritually incognito among the People in all the Nations of this world. It’s a vision that transcends Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Atheism and Ignorance.
And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats:
And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
Then shall the King say to them on his right hand,
Come, you blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
For I was an hungry, and you gave Me meat: I was thirsty, and you gave Me drink: I was a stranger, and you took Me in:
Naked, and you clothed Me: I was sick, and you visited Me: I was in prison, and you came unto Me.
Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when did we see YOU hungry, and fed YOU? or thirsty, and gave YOU drink?
When did we see YOU as a stranger, and took YOU in? or naked, and clothed YOU?
Or when did we see YOU sick, or in prison, and came to YOU?
And the King shall answer and say to them, Verily I say to you, Inasmuch as you have done it to one of the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto ME.
Then shall he say to them on the left hand, Depart from me, you cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
For I was an hungry, and you gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and you gave me no drink:
I was a stranger, and you took me not in: naked, and you clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and you visited me not.
Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when did we see YOU hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister to YOU?
Then shall he answer them, saying, Truly I say to you, Inasmuch as you did it not to one of the least of these, you did it not to ME.
Mother Teresa laboured in obscurity for many years in the patient love and service of Christ until God rewarded her by making her works manifest to the world, and lifting her up, so that in her final years others served her.
When Princess Diana died, for a week her whole life was caught up in a tsunami of media attention, revealing every detail of her life. There is no denying she was attractive, rich and glamorous.
I believe God called Mother Teresa home to Glory purposefully a week later as the media were still fawning over Diana´s life, repeating over and over again every tantalizing detail, because that´s what got the ratings. Mother Teresa did get some media attention for a day, and then the media went back to covering Diana. They did the whole thing over again on the 10th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death with hardly a mention of Mother Teresa.
I believe God did this deliberately to show how superficial a place the world has become. This is not to suggest Princess Diana was superficial. The world knows with all the riches and glamor, she hungered for Love and Righteousness. Unselfishly, she used her exalted position to highlight many noble and worthwhile causes, but the people of the world idolized the glitz and glamor instead of taking up the causes she Championed.
This is more an indictment of the mass media of this world, having more UN-elected power than the politicians to lead the people in creating a better world.
Owned by rich impersonal Corporations unaccountable to anyone or anything but their own political-economic agenda, ratings and profits, they abdicate any responsibility commensurate with the extraordinary power they have to shape the thoughts, perceptions, understandings, emotions and feelings of the masses in creating the Future world while it is called Today.
Everyone, every individual will be accountable to God, from the greatest to the least, no matter what their station or position in Life.
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not Love, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all Knowledge; and though I have all Faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not Love, I am nothing.
And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not Love, it profits me nothing.
Love suffers long, and is kind; Love is not jealous; Love does not boast, is not puffed up,
Does not behave itself unseemly, seeks not her own, is not easily provoked, thinks no evil;
Rejoices not in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the Truth;
Bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never fails: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be Knowledge, it shall vanish away.
For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be no more.
When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
And NOW abides Faith, Hope, Love, these three; but the greatest of these is Love.
1 Corinthians 13