Yesterday was energetic! Today, let’s get into a reflective space.
Pause here. Take two minutes and breathe deeply.
This picture is arresting to look at. It is Mother Teresa addressing some of the most powerful people in the world at the National Prayer Breakfast in 1994.
Next to her are Al and Tipper Gore and Bill and Hilary Clinton. Speaking courageously against abortion, Mother Teresa also challenges everyone to be loving as Jesus is loving.
In the audio recording (above), you can hear her words from 1994:
“If it were not enough that God the Son should become one of us and bring peace and joy while still in the womb of Mary, Jesus also died on the cross to show that greater love. He died for you and for me and for that leper and for that man dying of hunger and that naked man dying in the street not only of Calcutta, but of Africa and all over the world. Jesus insisted that we love one another as he loves each one of us. Jesus gave his life to love us and he tells us that we also have to give whatever it takes to do good to one another. And in the gospel, Jesus says very clearly, “love as I have loved you.” Jesus died on the cross because that is what it took for him to do good to us; to save us from our selfishness and sin. He gave up everything to the Father’s will to show us that we too must be willing to give up everything to do God’s will, to love one another as he loves each one of us. If we are not willing to give whatever it takes to do good to one another, sin is still in us. That is why we too must give to each other until it hurts.”Mother Teresa
1994 National Prayer Breakfast
Mother Teresa is known by all of us—not because she was impressive on the world’s terms, but because she said yes to Jesus over and over. The effect was incredibly significant.
She was the effect of salt. Small. Hardly seen, but wonderfully noticed.
What is Jesus asking of you and I today?
“This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you.”John 15:12 (NASB)
In your community group or your triad, you have the opportunity to sacrifice your time, your energy and other opportunities for the sake of them. Today, see yourself as salt. You’re small. But, you can make a massive difference.
Write a prayer that courageously invites the Holy Spirit to lead you to greater and greater love.