I have been reading a lot about Mother Teresa over the past few days. So much of what she has done and said has really touched my heart. Because of my deep love for the poor, I find her insight to be very thought provoking.
Never worry about numbers… Help one person as a time.
We don’t go out and love on the poor for the sake of saying we did so. We don’t do it for the sake of being part of the latest great movement or revival. We do it because we love the people. We do it for their sake, never for our own.
And how should we love them?
I don’t believe there is any set way or established standard concerning loving the poor. I do believe that loving the poor sometimes means putting aside our own desires and loving them in a way that they can receive love at that time.
So what does this mean? It means that sometimes there should be a little less talk- a little less preaching. Sometimes, in a specific moment, those words do not look like love to a person. They look like forced religion. They look like a banner that says, “I am talking to you for this reason only.” In these times, it’s important to ask Holy Spirit whether or not you should say those words. He might say no. Picking up the pieces and playing a game of chess might feel like the greatest of all acts of love. How so? You are showing them they are valuable. You are showing them they are worth your time, even if they have different beliefs. You are showing them that you want to be with them, even if it isn’t according to your desires or standards.
One of the greatest poisons is worthlessness and lack of self value. If we can bring the antidote by simply putting our desires aside and playing chess or a game of cards.. then what reason have we not to do this? Once they know you truly care about them, they’ll surely want to hear what you have to say and they’ll surely want to know why you value them as you do.
And when they ask, you can give them the greatest reason of all.