Mother Teresa once said, “In this life we cannot do great things. We can only do small things with great love.”
I’ve been thinking about this quote a lot lately, especially after reading this post. There seems to be something inside of us (or at least inside of me) that yearns to do something great…to make a difference in people’s lives…to change the world!
Last Sunday I listened to an amazing sermon that challenged me in so many ways to think outside of myself and start living for other people…to start serving like never before. I left church feeling completely pumped up to start doing something GREAT to God’s glory.
And then life happened (as it always seems to do). My kids got sick, the dog threw up, and I found myself thinking only of myself and our little family. My grand plans of changing the world had to be put on hold…again.
In my reflections in between taking care of two sick kiddos, I’ve started to wonder whether there really are no great things. Just like Mother Teresa concluded…perhaps she never set out ot do great things, rather she started simply by doing small things with her whole heart. And perhaps I need to reevaluate my definition of the “world”. I can make a difference in my world, with the people I know and the lives that I interact with all the while slowly branching out of my comfort zone. Little by little, perhaps it would snowball until I felt like I was doing a great thing to God’s glory and not my own.
Maybe the great things start with teaching Sunday school, taking a meal to a sick friend, buying a burger for the guy standing on the corner, donating your Sonic/coffee money for the week to Japan, or even singing songs, reading Bible stories, and playing with your own kids! When we do these things with great love, we are doing great things!