The above magnet hangs on my refrigerator. It is a quotation by the woman I most respect and admire... Mother Teresa. She is my hero. Not only do her words ring true, but she lived what she believed - she walked the talk. She lived simply, without want or need of great material possessions, yet she spoke with the greatest political and religious leaders of her time. She loved God with all her heart and soul, yet at times, like all of us, she questioned whether or not she could handle all that God gave her to do.
To do small things with great love is my creed also. We cannot all do grand things that will lead to honor and fame. We do not all have large sums of money, large amounts of time, or great talents to share with the world. What we do have is far more important than any of these... we have love! We have that most precious gift which multiplies as we give it away, creating ripples as it is passed on from person to person, and comes back to us one hundred fold!
Recently I read a comment on a blog post in which someone noted that she just didn't have time to do "random acts of kindness". I thought about how sad that person's life must be. No time for a smile, or a kind word, or a hug? No time to say I love you, or I care about you? Perhaps there is a need to reprioritize how she spends her time! I wondered to myself if indeed when her time comes to leave this world, God will turn away and say "I'm sorry, but I have no time for you." I know that God is greater than that, more compassionate and merciful. It is my hope that she will find a bit of compassion in her heart, and look outside herself to see what she can do!
We are not asked to do great things, we are asked to do things in a spirit of love. This applies to the way we treat our children, our spouses, our parents, our co-workers, our neighbors, and strangers on the street. Don't worry about if they are deserving, or if your kindness will be wasted on them... just do it. Another of my favorite sayings by Mother Teresa is "If I spend time judging people, I will have no time to love them." Amen to that as well!