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With Great Love


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!

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  1. No "time" for random kindness? I'm one of those people who helps others unload their grocery carts at the check-out (even if they're BEHIND me). I've gotten many strange looks, as if I'm out to steal things they haven't even purchased yet, but for some reason, but the cashier has always been the one to say "thanks, that was sweet".

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  2. Wonderful, Lotta Joy! You are my kind of woman! And isn't it amazing how that small simple act generates smiles and appreciation (and sometimes curious looks)! It's a lesson for the others around you too. We can stand in line sullen and talking endlessly into our cellphones, or we can take a moment to make the waiting a more pleasant moment for the person next to us in line. Good for you!

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  3. Mother Teresa has long been one of my personal heroes. (I named someone after her.) She is a Saint. She continues to be a role model and someone to honour. I follow her and respect her. She is one of the reasons I am Catholic, honestly.
    She said, "God never gives me more than I can handle. Sometimes I just wish He didn't trust me so much."
    Great post, Jos.

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    1. I am not in the least bit surprised that you would also revere Mother Teresa, Annie. I know of no one who speaks to me more clearly on how life is meant to be lived. I also respected her because it made no difference if those she cared for were Hindu, Muslim or Chistian, her witness was to share God's love with each and every one without trying to conver them. We could all learn a lot from that I think!

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  4. You have just posted my favorite quote of Mother Teresa's (I knew I liked you!!) Great post and words to live by each and every day!

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    1. Mother's Teresa's words have touched so many hearts, Susan, and I am glad for the opportunity to share them here. I think we all fall into the trap of believing that we are worthless if we don't accomplish great feats in our lives, if we don't make grand gestures in matters of faith and fortune. This quote puts love within our grasp... we can all do this, and it's something I try to keep ever present in mind... it's not so much what I do, but how I do it!

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  5. You are so right, Josie. I recently helped a lady with lots of young kids home as she had lots of bags of shopping and her kids were running everywhere. She cried when she got to her front door saying it was the nicest thing anyone had done for her in months. That one small act took me 5 minutes and made me feel good for the whole week. I am all for random acts of kindness done as much as possible!

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    1. Such acts tend to make us feel just as good as they do the recipent of our kindness Selma. I was thinking about how much I would have appreciated your kind gesture a couple times in my life when I was overwhelmed and had more than I could handle. As you say, it only took five minutes, but she will remember those five minutes of kindness for months and years to come... you gave her a gift of hope today, that is the best gift of all!

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  6. A beautiful reminder, Josie. THIS is what we are here for - to love. There is really no other purpose under heaven, and when we realize that, and trust in God, we can move forward in a life that is truly full. Thank you for this. I had the opportunity to love on my neighbors today, and every bit of it blessed me more than they could ever know.

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    1. I am in complete agreement with you Carrie, ultimately, Love IS all there really is that matters. If we have the desire to be of service to others, endless opportunities to do so will present themselves, and discovering them is an exciting adventure! I tell this to people all the time who are depressed and withdrawn... look outside your self and do something for someone else - you will both feel instantly better! We are God's angels here!

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  7. My bible lesson was on judging yesterday so this is a huge smile from you to me, see how easy that was, you are always in God's grace Josie no doubt about it God Bless you & I want me one of those magnets lol

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    1. That made me smile too Janice, God has a way of interconnecting things in our lives to make sure we get the message! I found that magnet at a truckstop between here and Lubbock. I don't often go that way, but if I should see another, you will indeed have it! Actually, I should like to buy a bag of them and give them away!

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  8. Though I’m a he, and not a she, I think it’s very likely that you saw that comment about ‘random acts of kindness’ on my latest post. When I act out of kindness, it is never random. It is intentional, out of choice, and a part of my commitment to a fellow human being, regardless of whether I know him or not; or whether I ever saw him before this minute.

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    1. I have not seen your new post yet Shimon, so you are off the hook :-) (But I am soon headed that way.) I believe that acts of kindness can be both random and intentional. By that I mean that we don't start our day out with an agenda to do this, and this, and this. But rather keep oursevles open to opportunities to do deeds of kindness as they present themselves. I totally agree that we much live that way intentionally, and if we do, it soon becomes a habit... a good one!

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  9. I'm agnostic, very much on the fence regarding god, but I do believe that if we add to the good in the world, we just get stronger and better. And even holding an elevator door is a small kindness. So many chances for it.

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    1. I agree with you Maria, it doesn't really matter what you call it or why it is. Maybe God maybe karma, maybe the golden rule, maybe maintaining balance in the universe, maybe all of these and so much more. I like to think that taking care of each other is embedded deep witin the core of each of us, it's the right way to be - and deep down we know it. As you point out, the opportunities are endless... and it's fun! :-)

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