From Matthew Warner: When we are stressed or feel overly burdened in life it’s usually because we’ve gotten our priorities out of order. Here are 7 of my favorite Mother Teresa quotes that will help. When read in this order, they are guaranteed to bring order and peace back to your life. Give them a try.
Step 1: Slow down.
“I think the world today is upside down. Everybody seems to be in such a terrible rush, anxious for greater development and greater riches and so on. There is much suffering because there is so very little love in homes and in family life. We have no time for our children, we have no time for each other; there is no time to enjoy each other. In the home begins the disruption of the peace of the world.”
Step 2: Make some room.
“If you are discouraged it is a sign of pride because it shows you trust in your own power. Your self-sufficiency, your selfishness and your intellectual pride will inhibit His coming to live in your heart because God cannot fill what is already full. It is as simple as that.”
Step 3: Open your eyes.
“Each one of them is Jesus in disguise.”
Step 4: Put great love into the small things.
“In this life we cannot do great things. We can only do small things with great love.”
Step 5: Do not tire.
“Do not think that love, in order to be genuine, has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired.”
Step 6: Remember – it’s faithfulness, not success.
“God doesn’t ask that we succeed in everything, but that we are faithful. However beautiful our work may be, let us not become attached to it. Always remain prepared to give it up, without losing your peace.”
Step 7: Leave the rest to Jesus.
“Be humble and you will never be disturbed. It is very difficult in practice because we all want to see the result of our work. Leave it to Jesus.”
“ How much have we paid for our redemption? Nothing! It was all free! So do good without expecting something in return. Just as the Father did with us, we have to do the same. Do good and keep going! ”
Pope Francis (+)
photos by jeff dai in tibet and sichuan, china. the first photo is notable for the colourful airglow (weak atmospheric light emissions) and the gravity waves (most likely from a near by thunderstorm) shown, while the second photo, also showing airglow, has mount everest (or qomolangma, meaning mother of the universe in tibetan) in the background. (more astrophotography posts)
“ When to all outward appearances men give us no credit, when they do not think well of us, then we are more inclined to seek God Who see sees our hearts. Therefore, a man ought to root himself so firmly in God that he will not need the consolations of men. ”
Thomas á Kempis (via foundworthy)