How Much Love?

This week we’re studying the wisdom of Mother Teresa. She’s one of the women in history who made a lasting impact after her life, as well as a strong impact during her life.  She didn’t have to die to be recognized like many people do, her wisdom and kindness was well known while she was alive.

“I am not sure exactly what heaven will be like, but I know that when we die and it comes time for God to judge us, he will not ask, ‘How many good things have you done in your life?’ rather he will ask, ‘How much love did you put into what you did?” 

When I read this bit of wisdom from Mother Teresa I have to admit that I was relieved at the reminder.  God knows we can’t be perfect while we live on this earth with our sin-nature (the natural tendency to not behave like little angels all the time).  But yet we’re so often told by pastors and other spiritual leaders that we have to behave and not sin.  As much as we may try (and it is important to try), we all still fail, even the best of us.

But what if, as Mother Teresa said, instead of trying to be perfect, we tried to love more?  I have to admit I feel pretty confident that I can get over my occasional tendency to criticize people without constructive suggestions, and instead learn how to be a better lover in all my current relationships and with everyone I meet.

What about you?  Does loving sound more doable rather than trying to be perfect?  God never asks more of us than He knows we can handle.  If God challenges you, calls you, to be perfect, He’s got a reason. But for the rest of us are usually just called to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind…and…Love your neighbor as yourself.”

Who will you love today?


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