Friday, October 7, 2011


I found these powerful and moving quotations by Mother Teresa the other day. They are reminding me how much the Lord wants our hearts. To be given. To be spent. And to be invested in Him.
Sometimes, I don't always know what that looks like. Other times, I'm not always willing to walk that path. And, on other days, I don't know how to be given to the needs obviously at hand when I feel so incapable.
To lose one's life for His namesake. The greatest and most dangerous venture of all. But as Paul wrote, exhorting the Hebrews, we must seek to not be sluggish, but imitate those who through patience and faith inherit the promises (Heb 6:12). And, also, to the Galatians he encouraged to not grow weary in doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up (Gal 6:9).

The more you have, the more you are occupied, the less you give. But the less you have the more free you are. Poverty for us is is joyful freedom. There is no television here, no this, not that. But we are perfectly happy.

I pray that you will understand the words of Jesus, "Love one another as I have loved you." Ask yourself, "How has he loved me? Do I really love others in the same way?" Unless this love is among us, we can kill ourselves with work and it will only be work, not love. Work without love is slavery.

Speak tenderly to them. Let there be kindness in your face, in your eyes, in your smile, in the warmth of your greeting. Always have a cheerful smile. Don't only give your care, but give your heart as well.

Little things are indeed little, but to be faithful in little things is a great thing.

A sacrifice to be real must cost, must hurt, must empty ourselves. The fruit of silence is prayer, the fruit of prayer is faith, the fruit of faith is love, the fruit of love is service, the fruit of service is peace.


Michelle said...

Thank you Erika for this beautiful reminder. Oh to have a heart completely poured out for Christ....that is my prayer.

Cathy said...

Beautiful quotes by Mother Teresa. The second one really touched my heart. I need to remember to extend love the way the Lord has to me. Thanks for posting. :)