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Small Things, Great Love.

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The history books of mankind are filled with paragraphs, chapters and pages of stories of men and women who are regarded as heroes and heroines. Some attained this feat through acts of courage, valour and diligence. Others are accorded our recognition for their selflessness and sacrificial services.

No doubt, one of such people who have attained this heroic status is Mother Teresa. She was a Roman Catholic nun, who devoted her life to serving the poor and destitute around the world. She spent many years in Calcutta, India where she founded the Missionaries of Charity, a religious congregation devoted to helping those in great need.

Vance Thurston was one of the many everyday people who was fortunate to have known Mother Teresa personally. Doug Hill in his book How to Listen to God, shares Vance’ recollection of his encounter with her.

Vance had been many things- ranch hand, mechanic, carpenter and songwriter, but he wondered how he could serve God better. So he wrote a letter to Mother Teresa not sure whether to expect a response. Amazingly however, he received a mail from Calcutta in which Mother Teresa prayed with him.

This gift of a small letter may  have been a small thing to do but the great love with which Mother Teresa sent it changed Vance’s and indeed, several other people’s lives.

The message I want to pass this week is encapsulated in the words of this iconic personality in her letter to Vance Thurston.

“Whatever you do- whether to carve a door or to write a song that God inspires you to write- do it all for His glory and the good of His people. Always do small things with great love and be ready to take whatever He gives and give whatever he takes with a big smile.”

I will close with the words of Emerson: “This time, like every time, is a very good time, if we but know what to do with it.” Perhaps it’s time to get busy showing great love by doing little things.

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4 thoughts on “Small Things, Great Love.”

  1. Of a truth, sometimes it’s not the big things that matters, it’s the small things done with genuine love that go a long way…. Nice write up Aimpurpose!

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