”Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” ― Mother Teresa.
I think there is so much wisdom in that quote. It can be overwhelming to consider how to live your life or make changes in your life. The task can seem so huge. There is so much to do, and it is hard to know where to start. But you see, if we just start somewhere, anywhere, the task gets easier.
I remember when I was a young girl and I helped with the ironing. sometimes there were piles of clothes and pillowcases to be ironed. Many of them needed to be sprinkled first, too. But if I put on the radio with some music, and just started and kept at it, before I knew it I was almost fun, and having fun, too. I run into the same thing when I am catching up on filing my paperwork or cleaning out closets.
Over many months I had gotten discouraged about impossible tasks. For instance: losing weight, getting in shape, eating healthier, organizing things around my home, returning to my gentle self, improving the discourse in the country, and getting back to my gentle self. Whew! No wonder I felt overwhelmed!
Then I laid out my healthy plan in a notebook~day by day beginning towards the end of June and going through the end of December [because that is how big the notebook was]. I decided to just track things so I could kind of monitor my progress. I became ok with accomplishing a bit each day. That works. I am not sure why that surprises me!
Goodness, even God took almost a week to create the world. He modeled breaking up tasks into manageable chunks, didn’t He? We who love Him can do small things for Him each day, can’t we? All those tiny stitches that we sew will make a lovely sampler or tapestry for Him.
Now when it comes to changing the discourse I realized that all I can do about that is to get back to my gentle self consistently. If I remain my gentle joyous self, I may or may not change the discourse. I really can only improve myself. If it spreads~wonderful. If not, at least I have been true to what God wants.
Regarding discourse and relationships, I hope to be mindful of this: “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but harsh words stir up anger” ~ Proverbs 15:1. If I can only be mindful of that, and practice it, I will be happy to face myself in the mirror each day.
Each day as I try to accomplish my many small things, I will see these as little gifts for God. I hope your Sunday is wonderful. Love to you <3. Your commitment to the things that are right and good and kind are appreciated by folks you encounter [and the folks they encounter] more than you can possibly see. The ripples your love creates keep the sailboats around you moving. Sail on my friends~