7 Life-changing Lessons We Learn from Mother Teresa

7 Life-changing Lessons We Learn from Mother Teresa

By Cheri Peacock, FaithCounts.com Contributor

mother-teresa-life-changing-lessons“We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.”

Mother Teresa was a woman of intense faith who fervently believed the world could be a better place, drop by drop, person by person. She dedicated her life to succoring and empowering the disenfranchised, and taught us, through her actions, to cultivate and live an attitude of faith.

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Make other people happy

“Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.”

Poverty, taught Mother Teresa, is not exclusive to being hungry or homeless; it includes feeling unwanted, uncared for, and unloved. Much of the world spends a great amount of time concerned with themselves—even Time magazine labeled millennials as the “Me Me Me” generation. Have the faith to care more for other people—to truly look outward.

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Be faithful in small things

“Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.”

Growing up, the phrase “faith can move mountains” was often heard at home and church. While that is motivating, I have discovered that mountains are sometimes moved piece by piece, rather than as a whole. Perhaps my mountain is moved by lifting one shovelful of dirt over and over and over again. Having faith to do the BIG things is important but it’s as necessary to be faithful in small things, those little scoops of dirt. One day, you’ll look and see how far you’ve come and how much stronger you are because of those mounds you’ve been moving.

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Build it anyway

“What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight; build it anyway.”

Looking at my life, I have, more than once, been paralyzed by fear—whether it be with career choices, relationship or other big decisions. The fear that it might not work out. When seeds of doubt enter the mind, a choice must be made—whether to fight the battle or give in to doubt. Mother Teresa teaches a poignant lesson—it might be destroyed in the end, but the lessons you learn building it will not. Build it anyway.

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Go home and love your family

“What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.”

We aren’t in this journey of life alone. Family members and friends are there to support us, and lift us up. Have faith in them. Don’t rely on your own strength. We need each other.

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Be the leader

“Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.”

Be courageous and reach out of your comfort zone. Don’t wait for the “right time” or for someone else to take charge. You don’t need someone to tell you they need help; just go forward with faith that you can and will change lives through small means and simple acts of kindness, person to person.

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Faithful is successful

“God had not called me to be successful. He has called me to be faithful.”

Wealth, fame, a big house, designer clothes. To the world, this could seem like evidence of a successful life. But, success doesn’t make you who you are. What do you do when the trial mounts and the road is steep? Be faithful in the highs and lows of life.

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Faith in action

“Faith in action is love—and love in action is service.”

Faith is more than a belief—it’s an action. As we actively develop our faith, we will feel greater love for others. That love leads to service. Take a look at your life. Are you showing love in action?

There are many examples of faithful people throughout history. As we look to them and learn from them, we can live a more fulfilling life.

Cheri Peacock is a graduate of SUU and hiking fanatic. Email her at cheripeacock@gmail.com.

Learning to See the Unseen

Learning to See the Unseen

The Internet knows everything. At least, that’s what we’re conditioned to believe. Instant answers are right at your fingertips when you can’t remember the lyrics to the tune you have stuck in your head or you need to know what ingredients to pick up at the store. But what about the things you can’t see or understand fully, even with the vast knowledge of your smart phone?

Hope. Love. The future. Faith. Are they any less real?

The next time you start to doubt your beliefs or think that physical proof is what you need, take comfort in knowing some of the most meaningful things in life aren’t seen.

Can Faith Help You Find Love?

Can Faith Help You Find Love?

The surprising role of faith in finding love

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Photo Credit: Marryam Lum/Offset.com

All right, “surprising” may be an exaggeration, but many relationship experts feel that faith is key to finding love. Faith helps you have confidence that you can find love. It leads you to ideas and people who can help. It’s so important that Kailen Rosenberg writes, “Even if you don’t believe in God, have faith that you will meet the right person.”

So how does faith help?

Faith gives you courage

Finding love may require you to remain vulnerable and to risk being rejected—more than once. But faith reminds you that love is worth it. Faith gives you the courage to move forward.

In a recent news article entitled, “Love, marriage and the single woman stuck writing about it,” Candice Madsen shares that people she talked with stressed how love develops after you make a commitment. So holding back to avoid being hurt may also keep you from the love you hope to find.

Debi Berndt reminds us, “You may not get exactly what you want when you want it, but that doesn’t mean that all your dreams aren’t coming true. You just haven’t lived into that future with your ideal partner yet.”

Faith provides help

Marcia Wieder, author of several books about achieving your dreams, writes, “I trust and believe in myself, but there is something bigger, better and more delicious available and sometimes, my need to be overly independent can compromise that.”

A couple I know dated just twice. Two years later, the woman found herself often thinking about the man. She asked friends for advice, and they recommended that she contact him through social media. The couple began dating again and were soon married. She said, “Having confidence in being guided is key. I knew the promptings throughout the whole experience were not my own feelings. I felt something pushing me.”

Faith helps you grow

Faith can help you find ways to be happy now. Ideas may come to you about interests to develop or wounds to heal. Debi Berndt wrote about her own experience finding love, “Looking back now I can see that every experience during that time exposed a part of me that I needed to heal and by going through those pseudo-relationships I learned to love myself a little more.”

In the meantime, while you look for love, don’t put life or happiness on hold. Have faith that you are loveable and loved even if finding your true love is still somewhere in the future.

Faith to Move Forward

Faith to Move Forward

Faith is a huge aspect of my life but many times I forget it’s even a thing. Tough times remind me of my need of faith. Like in the video, it took making a decision between following a dream and cutting off a poisonous relationship to remind me where my faith needed to be. God was offering an escape and I needed to have faith in Him, that He was in control.

“I had to take that step forward.”

Video courtesy of Jefte Campos (submitted as an entry for the 2015 Film Your Faith Video Contest).

TRANSCRIPT:
It was a dark time in my life. All the warning signs were there, I just didn’t pay attention to it. I had started dating this girl that led me down a path that I had never hoped to walk.

Faith – it just seemed so obsolete to me at the time. And I would lay awake at night with the question, “What are you doing?” I was 14, and I had been offered a job at the church. The process took about three months before I was hired on, but I remember thinking I should just go back and put in my two weeks notice, so I did.

It had been two weeks, and still no news from the church. There was something just reassuring and that still small voice. It was roughly around this time that the girl that I was so deeply in love with had relapsed and went to jail. I was torn. This opportunity that I had always dreamed of had come up. I believe that’s when faith became faith. And without even thinking about it, it radically changed my life. I had to take that step forward.

My relationship with the girl ended almost immediately after she was released and I moved closer to the church. God was slowly laying down the puzzle pieces, revealing the larger image he has for me. Showing me how faith brought me here.