The following poem by Mother Teresa is a modified version of “The Paradoxical Commandments” by Dr. Kent M. Keith:
“People are often unreasonable, illogical and self-centered.
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish motives.
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies.
If you are honest and sincere, people may deceive you.
Be honest and sincere anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight.
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous.
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow.
Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough.
Give them your best anyway.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God.
It was never between you and them anyway.”
This has been a great reminder to me: we shouldn’t let others stop us from being all that we were meant to be in Christ.
“Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.”
– Galatians 1:10