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Today’s Grace in Action story is a historical one reflecting on a well known icon – Mother Teresa. She was born in Albania in 1910 as Agnes. At the young age of 18, she knew that she wanted to join the Sisters of Our Lady of Loreto as a missionary in India. That fact alone amazes me, as I’m thirty and still don’t know what I want to do when I grow up. I love knowing that at such an age, He called her to serve Him in such a specific way. This wasn’t an easy decision – once she left and joined the Sisterhood, it would be unlikely if not impossible for her to see her family again. “On December 1, 1928, Agnes set sail for India under her new name: Sister Mary Teresa. She never saw her mother again.”
Think about your family and seriously ask yourself if you’d be willing to never see them again if God called you to serve somewhere else. I confess that I am torn – part of me wants to tell you “yes, of course I would leave and not look back” but another part of me wants to hedge the issue because never is a long time. I’d concede a few years but forever?
Mother Teresa arrived in Calcutta, India and served as a teacher and then later as a headmistress. When she was thirty-six years old, she received a conviction from the Lord to start a ministry that focused on the poorest of the poor in the slums of Calcutta. During my research, I discovered that this didn’t happen immediately or even easily; she had a waiting period of two years that involved her continual petition to Rome to start this ministry.
This saint, this amazing woman, had to endure a waiting period. She also dealt with periods of silence, where she didn’t hear from the Lord and felt cutoff from Him. I can relate but until I’d read her works, I hadn’t realized that other people experienced His silence too. I was so encouraged to know that she also struggled. It made me take her off the pedestal I’d placed her on and see her as a woman who God used in incredible ways because of her consistent obedience and desire to serve Him. God can use each and every one of us, if we’re willing to follow Him and obey Him, no matter what He calls us to do. His plans are always greater than our dreams.
In closing, I’ll leave you with a few of my favorite quotes from Mother Teresa:
“I know God won’t give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish he didn’t trust me so much.”
“If you judge people, you have no time to love them.”
“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.”
“Faith in action is love – and love in action is service.”
I hope y’all found this inspiring and encouraging. If you feel called to share your testimony, please comment here or contact us via the “contact” tab on the top of the page. As always, we love hearing from you!