Mother Teresa once said, “If you judge people, you have no time to love them.”
At one time, she lived in a small house in Calcutta along with some orphans. Once when there was no food, she called the children together and they prayed to God to supply something to eat. Then they went out on the streets to beg. She went to a shopkeeper in her neighborhood, one who hated her, and asked for something to eat. He spit in her open hand, and she said to him, “Thank you for what you have given for me, now will you give something for my children?” He was shocked by her humility and immediately began to help her with gifts of food.
The author of the video “Mother Teresa and the Shopkeeper/Short Story of Humility” said, “Humility is the mother of all virtues.” He again quoted Mother Teresa: “If you are humble nothing will touch you, neither praise nor disgrace, because you know what you are.” You won’t be discouraged or tempted to put yourself on a pedestal. We want to be noticed, appreciated, and loved, but is it truly love, if someone only loves us for what we do and not who we are? That kind of love always, always fails.
God loves us in spite of our faults and our weaknesses. He loves the shopkeepers as well as those who resemble Mother Teresa. He loves the homeless, those who live in castles, the drug addict, the homosexual, and His faithful followers. He wants all of us, in spite of our warts, to live with Him forever.
What good does pride ever do us? Beauty disappears. Voices eventually crack. Memory fades. Skills become outdated and others will rise with a better grasp of what we think we know. To the ever-changing world, we become outdated, perhaps even what some in the world have referred to as “useless eaters.” But to God, we are a treasure, someone worth dying for.
Are you feeling rejected, worthless? Do some insult you, ignore you or reject you? Like Mother Teresa, thank them. The hurt they are causing can become a pearl – humility. It may be a hard walk to take, but it’s worth the trip.
“Therefore I, the prisoner of the LORD, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love.” Eph 4:1-2