Written by Angelique Geeringh
This poem is attributed to Mother Theresa and offers excellent advice to live by.
People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered.
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and sincere, people may deceive you.
Be honest and sincere anyway.
What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight.
If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous.
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today will often be forgotten.
Do good anyway.
Give the best you have, and it will never be enough.
Give your best anyway.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God.
It was never between you and them anyway.
Paul exhorts us to live our lives in unity as is seen in 1 Corinthians 1:10 (MSG)
‘I have a serious concern to bring up with you, my friends, using the authority of Jesus, our Master. I’ll put it as urgently as I can: You must get along with each other. You must learn to be considerate of one another, cultivating a life in common.’
May we never forget that whatever we do in life, it is always for God and not for man. If we approach every situation in life with this attitude, we will successfully be ‘cultivating a life in common’ with all around us.