She [Mother Teresa] believed the Missionaries were only able to do the work they do by the power, love, and mercy of God. I came to understand why this must be true. Most social workers--liek me in my early adult years--move in and out of private middle class lives to serve the poor, generally receiving payment for the work. By contrast, the Missionaries live the lives of the poor. Their everyday routine is feeding, cleaning and tending the sick, dying, and the poorest of the poor--with no salary. No abstract system of food stamps or special programs supplement their efforts. To me, the work would have soon become boring, physically grueling and even discouraging, but not for them. Mother Teresa said, "A Christian is a tabernacle of the living God." That is the way they saw their work--as him "dwelling in them." She also said, "I wouldn't touch a leper for a thousand pounds; yet I willingly care for him for the love of God."Okay. I'm guilty.
...I thought of how differently I frame my life than these sisters even though I am a Christian. I forget that God wants to make his home with me, direct my steps and give me his power to do his will. I often think I chose my own work by my good sense and careful control of circumstances, rather than that God formed me for specific purposes. I flatter myself that it is out of my goodness that I do things for others. Nevertheless, when I am most honest, I confess that many of the "good" things I do are really as much or more for me than for those to whom they are given. I find it hard to live out what the apostle Paul said, "It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives within me." --pp. 32-33
Lord, change me.