During the retreat, I encountered a prayerful poem frequently attributed to Mother Teresa that I wanted to share. I’m finding that every time I read it, I find more meaning in it.
People are often unreasonable, illogical 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 false friends and some true enemies;
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.
You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and your God;
It was never between you and them anyway.
I am especially drawn to the distinct sense of calling in the directing to continue to be the best you can be and serve God in your own way regardless of outside influences.
And remember, when life tries to get between you and your Lord, when things are crazy and you’re not sure how you’re going to make everything work out, when it feels like everything has run off the tracks: Pray anyway.