THOUGHT PROVOKERS for Sunday Jan. 12, 2014

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Mother Teresa dedicated herself to the service of the poor and the dying in India. Over the years she helped thousands or tens of thousands, but that was only a tiny portion of those who needed help. In many cases, she was not able to save a life, but was only able to make a dying person more comfortable while he or she died. At one point someone asked what she thought she was accomplishing in the face of such overwhelming need. She replied:
We are not called to be successful.
We are called to be faithful.
And, because she was faithful to her calling, God blessed her work. Many women, inspired by her example, became nuns and committed themselves to similar service to the poor. She inspired men and women worldwide, and her influence continues unabated even after her death. She did what God had called her to do, AND GOD DID THE REST!
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In his book, Growing Spiritually, E. Stanley Jones told about a very poor woman who walked to and from church to save the streetcar fare. At the close of the service, they had an altar call in which people were invited to come forward to make a commitment to God. This woman came forward, knelt at the altar, and offered up the coins that she would have spent on the streetcar fares. Jones comments:
“It so touched the rest of the members of that church
that thousands of dollars came flooding in for that cause.
That poor but rich woman, faithful in the little,
loosed the big and furthered a great cause.
Faithfulness in the little
becomes faithfulness in the big.”
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God does not ask about our ability

or our inability,

but our availability.
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Faithfulness in little things
is a big thing.
John Chrysostom
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Love’s secret is always to be doing things for God,
and not to mind because they are such very little ones.
Frederick Faber
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Gathered by Dick Donovan

About Daniel Mochamps

Church Planter, Anglican Diocese in New England (Anglican Church in North America).
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