Painting by Belynda Wilson Thoams
Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love. Mother Teresa
There is power in doing. In starting something with certainty, we don’t know how things will end up, but we can start.
We can start the painting, novel, building a house, marriage, starting a family, business, job, buying a home, or begin a remodeling project. Every one of these takes faith and courage to some degree.
Most of us didn’t know how life would unfold when we took our marriage vows or started a family, but we did have faith that life would work out. We had faith that every day for eighteen or twenty years and even longer we could feed our children, every day.
People have headed off to new countries with little but hope in their hearts and a willingness to work and build a life. Many of these people have built amazing lives. We give ourselves to the world, our children to the world, and our talents to the world.
Some artists like Vincent Van Gogh are not appreciated in their own time. Aren’t we glad he was willing to give his gifts and that they didn’t die with him? My husband told me of a YouTube video of a woman illegally singing in the subway and the police were supposed to remove her. She started to sing and one of the officers recorded her, she’s a phenomenal singer. She was giving her gift. Maybe a way will be found for her to give her gift in a larger way.
No beauty shines brighter than that of a good heart. Unknown
All my life I was told The Lord works in mysterious ways. What if for this woman what was one of her darkest days, being evicted from the subway is what turns her life and purpose around?
Is our purpose in life to give our gifts? Our children are a gift, our productivity is a gift, service is a gift, producing the food to feed people is a gift, our talents are a gift. What if our purpose is to pour ourselves out in the service of each other?
As we give our gifts we may think they are not appreciated, maybe we should hold back, but when we don’t give our gifts to the world and each other, we suffer. We do not live in the fullness of life. If we do not love fully we suffer, we may think we’ll protect ourselves from hurt by not loving, but we hurt ourselves. We need to love and give with open hearts.
What if it’s true that the faults we see in others are the faults we need to work on in ourselves? What if it is only by changing ourselves that we can effect change? What if by giving our gifts to the world, and working on our own negative traits we are doing what we are supposed to do?
Only by giving are you able to receive more than you already have. Unknown
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