A thought for keeping

“In this life we cannot always do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” -Mother Teresa

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17 thoughts on “A thought for keeping

  1. How encouraging is that! The ministries God calls each of us to are varied and different. The one who cleans the restrooms or vacuums the floors in the house of the Lord with a HOLY attitude…. that this is for the glory of God’s house and people… is doing a seemingly “small thing” but as it is done for the love of God, without grumbling or resentment and for His household ,then it is as important in the eyes of the Lord as was Aaron’s & Hur’s holding up the arms of Moses over the battle.
    “And Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.” Ex.17:11
    Those who have eyes to ‘see’ can find the parallel, there. To clean the church seems like a “small thing”, as Mother Teresa was quoted above. But the upkeep of the church and its facilities for the people of God to come and the Ministers of God to present the Gospel and teach and preach the Word of God…. when done with the right attitude and love of God and fellow Christians facilitates a Great Work in aiding and assisting the Gospel to come forth. And therein, seems a pretty “Big” thing, after all.

  2. It’s all about love…love, love…but sometimes love can be tough, confrontational or rejected by the intended recipient(s).

  3. We have a wonderful friend of the dailylily who loves to serve others and she always says, “It’s in the small things,” and she smiles. Meaning that the kindness and caring acts of God’s people reaching out to others in love means so much. I have often seen this in this wonderful women of God in her intercessory prayer for God’s saints, in her serving others as they suffer in body, and with the opening her home and exceptionable hospitality.

    In another incident,today I saw the love in small things in action which would move anyone to tears as they watched. A woman who had actively participated in the choir when she was younger and in church work found herself in a nursing home, frail and barely able to speak above a whisper. When we asked if she would like to hear a few songs, she whispered ‘yes’. We started out with “Jesus Loves Me” – her face showed that she was trying to sing along. We moved from one hymn to another as she struggled all the more to sing. We ended with “Amazing Grace” as she reached out to grasp the hands of others in front of her. She tried to sing and the walls of her mind came down for a moment to embrace
    the songs of her youth which she loved so much in reference to her savior, Jesus.

  4. Rena, that touches my heart, too. I remember elderly Christian friends who grew up in the faith and the songs of the Church, raising their frail voices to God in hymns and songs. I know the Lord hears them as though they were operatic divas and stars. These lovely ones will be able to sing His praises, again, with gusto when we see Jesus.

  5. One way I think of the quote also is that when many people in a local church or Body of Christ each do their part, which may be small, working towards a bigger collective work or goal with timeliness, order, etc in love…the Lord causes great things to happen.

  6. Direct quote of Sara’s, from a blog on January 28, 2011: “Let’s talk about love”….”Love is sharing truth of words and hope from writers on the Daily Lily. It is surely a daily joy full of love to find the magic in expression of others believers in Jesus Christ.” May seem like a small thing, to write, on the Daily Lily???? But Mother Teresa got it right…”we can do small things with great love”….by sharing TRUTH, right here!

  7. Thinking about small things – New International Version – Mark 9: 41 reads, I tell you the truth, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to Christ will certainly not lose his reward. The Barnes notes read:
    Whosoever shall give you a cup … – How easy it is to be a Christian! What is easier than to give a cup of cold water to a thirsty disciple of Jesus! But it must be in his name – that is, because he “is” a Christian, and therefore from love “to the Saviour.” This is very different from giving it from a mere motive of common kindness. If done from love to Christ, it will be rewarded; and hence we learn that the humblest acts of Christians – the lowest service that is rendered – will be graciously noticed by Jesus and rewarded. None are so humble in his kingdom as not to be able to do good, and none so poor that he may not show attachment to him. The feeblest service will be accepted, and acts of love that may be forgotten by man, will be remembered by Him, and rewarded in heaven.

  8. Right, all. And Sara said, ….”Love is truth.”
    Any way you cut it….God is Love and Love is truth then God is Truth. How can we do a greater deed or give a greater gift to one as to tell them the Truth/truth? That is….God is Love and Love is Truth and Truth is God so give them GOD.

  9. “The proof of the pudding is in the eating.” This meaning ‘the evidence that demonstrates a truth. One has to know the truth to tell the truth. And, I believe if you really know The Truth you will tell it! We have been going over and over again in these blogs the divine power we have for all we need, could want or guess at is ours if we know and love the truth source. And, we should not forget we are known by our fruit. Is our fruit lie or truth?

  10. After I wrote the above comment I heard that Needles and her friend, Lisa, was out in NC working to help the tornado victims that suffered so much loss this past week-end. ‘

    Needles, your answer came in the form of love in action. Mother Theresa got it right, “we can do small things with great love.” -Mother Teresa

    As we say to the ALL that give of themselves in service for others. Thank you and God Bless you!

    Easter 2011, Yes, He is Risen, He is Risen Indeed!

  11. “But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds and what I do.” James 2:18.
    Good SHOW of faith AND LOVE, Needles and Lisa!!

  12. I join also in thanking and blessing Needles, Lisa and all those that are showing love and care and help to those suffering from the tornado tragedy. May the givers be strengthened and the recievers comforted and encouraged by the Lord.

  13. I also join with all the Lilies in thanking you Needles, Lisa, and all the wonderful workers who are giving of their time to help others in anyway they can serve to help others in their time of need. What a gift of mercy. William Shakespeare said: “The quality of mercy is not strained; It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven Upon the place beneath. It is twice blessed- It blesseth him that gives, and him that takes.” Be blessed!

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