“It is not how much we do, but how much love we put in the action that we do.” – Mother Teresa
My children all know how much I admire Mother Teresa, who is also known as St. Teresa of Calcutta. She was one woman who had so much courage and because of that she did so much good in the world. Even after she has passed her work carries on. She was called by God to form a ministry to live among the the poorest of the poor. Mother Teresa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 in the Grand Hall of Oslo University. As she accepted her award, she recited the Peace Prayer by St. Francis of Assisi. I can only imagine what that must have been like to hear her recite such a well known prayer of peace. By the time she died in 1997, her Missionaries of Charity had expanded to nearly 4,000 nuns with 610 foundations in 123 countries across the globe.
I am truly in awe of her and her ability to change the world for good.
My purpose at this point in my life, is to be a mom to four children. I serve them daily and want them to feel loved and find joy. I also want to share my Christian Awareness with them, which includes ways they can serve in our own community. We are involved in a church community that has outreach programs, service ministries, and service projects. Maybe one day I will be able to attend a mission trip in another country. For now, I don’t have to go far to serve others.
In addition, I need to remember to show my children what it means to serve with love and not just serve to check off a box…but to serve because that is what we are here for.
There is no doubt life was extremely difficult at times for Mother Teresa. It was because of her love, compassion, and courage she fulfilled her purpose.
I know I have felt served and loved by my own community. The many meals that have been dropped off, carpools arranged for my children, rides for me to and from my doctor appointments and the countless prayers said on my behalf. People have been serving me with love when I have needed them most. There is no doubt I have felt God’s presence through each of them. The other blessing in all of this is every act of kindness shown to my family is also showing my children what it means to serve with love.
I bring Mother Teresa up in my post today because I have spent a lot of time reflecting on how she has impacted my life and my desire to serve in whatever capacity I am able to, but to do it with LOVE.
I know there is so much more I can do and I look forward to the opportunities ahead. I’m so grateful because there have been a couple of recently diagnosed breast cancer patients who have reached out for support through my blog. I have scheduled a lunch with a breast cancer survivor who was also on Tamoxifen, this will hopefully help me understand more about my own side effects. There is also my nonprofit Living in Abundance, which has been a nice distraction from the treatment. I continue to work with friends on helping me get the details all in place for me to gift other women who have drains after surgery with an “Abundant Pocket Hoodie.”
I also want to share a powerful resource in Kansas City that I have signed up for, it is called Turning Point and is a community resource of The University of Kansas Health System. Turning Point is a center for hope and healing. If you or someone you know is struggling with a serious or chronic physical illness it might be something to look into. I signed up to take a T’ai Chi class and a yoga class for this week. The instructors are able to help me with the stretching and the side effects of the treatment with breathing exercises. There will be other women with cancer and I really think this will be good for me. All of this is made possible because of the teachers who volunteer to serve with love.
As you can probably tell, I am not one to just sit in despair. I am not afraid to get help if I need it and should the pity party start, I try to direct that negative energy into gratitude. That is not to say I haven’t done my fair share of sleeping when I have felt depressed with my situation. The daily pills, doctor appointments, side effects, fatigue and uncomfortable exercises I do to help with the cording I have…it can all start to bring me down. Life can be tough sometimes, for us all! Thankfully, with help and love from others, I take a step forward and start again.
I also have a role model like Mother Teresa who certainly lived her life with so much strength, even when she felt defeated. I share this movie trailer with you and I hope it inspires you to watch the movie. Mother Teresa made a point to make sure everyone she served felt loved.