Monday, January 7, 2013

Do it Anyway

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 may 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. 
Some attribute this to Mother Teresa.  Some say she had it on a wall at Children's Home.  It was probably written by someone else.  In any event, it is a wonderful thing to think about as we head into 2013.  Who are we attempting to work for this year?  Who are we attempting to glorify?  Is it others?  Ourselves?  Or God?  It is God who makes our work matter and God who gives us eternal life. 

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