Thursday, December 10, 2009

The following was reportedly written on the wall of Mother Teresa's home for children in Calcutta, India. Today I read this to my children for our morning devotional and it opened the door for a great discussion. ENJOY!

People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. 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 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.
- Mother Teresa

1 comment:

  1. Thought you would like to know-

    According to:
    Mother Teresa never said this.

    This is an adaptation of "Paradoxical Commandments" by Dr. Kent M. Keith who wrote this in a 1968 booklet for student leaders.

    According to:
    Mother Teresa DID post them on the wall of her childrens' home in Calcutta.

    Great example of how rumors get started.