Convicted

5 10 2011

Her perspective convicted me. I saw Jesus’ words in a new light, and it caused me to stop and look at my own heart. As you read her words, listen carefully. Wait for the echo of God’s voice.

“At the end of life we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received, how much money we have made, how many great things we have done. We will be judged by ‘I was hungry and you gave me to eat, I was naked and you clothed me, I was homeless and you took me in.’ Hungry not only for bread – but hungry for love. Naked not only for clothing – but naked for human dignity and respect. Homeless not only for want of a room of bricks – but homeless because of rejection.” – Mother Teresa

She is known for her life of service. Mother Teresa has given herself to taking care of the poorest of the poor in Calcutta, India. Yet, it is not her actions as much as it is her perspective that forces me to pause. She serves because of the way that she sees others. She doesn’t just see their physical needs. She understands that physical needs are often just shadows of the deep needs of the heart.

Sometimes it is easier to give a sack of groceries than it is to embrace someone and give them time and attention. Giving away a bag of clothes my children have outgrown is good, but teaching them to treat everyone with respect, honor, consideration, and kindness is better. The silent cries of the homeless should pierce us. How many people do we meet each day who feel unwelcome, unloved, and unseen even though they live in our neighborhoods, work at the next desk, or sit on the same pew?

My Jesus Resolution today is to see others differently. Too many times I look at others and all I see is how they can serve me. Are they helping me get what I want or are they in my way? Today I am going to pray for new eyes. Eyes that help me see the heart. Eyes that help me see each person I meet like God sees them. Eyes that catch the opportunities that are mine to bestow grace, extend love, offer kindness, and serve with humility and gratitude. Eyes that look like Jesus’ eyes.


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6 10 2011
Terry Rush

So simple. So right on. So like Jesus.

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