Feb 27, 2011

I happened upon this, but not by chance

Our basement is stashed with estate sale finds, piles of laundry, odds and ends furniture, and BOOKS.

They distract me as I prepare to run. Sometimes I peruse a book for 30 minutes before I hit the ole mill. Guess it's just another way of procrastinating. Tonight I read something I want you to hear, too. I feel like someone out there needs to read it. I'm sensing it's no accident I came across these words:

What counts is not what we do, not the amount of things we do, but the love we put into our actions, since those actions are our love for God in action.

Some visitors to Calcutta asked me to tell them something that would be useful for them to lead their lives in a more profitable way. I answered, "Smile at each other. Smile at your wives, at your husbands, at your children, at all, without looking at the one at whom you are smiling. Let mutual love for others grow each day in all of you." At this point one of them asked me, "Are you married?"

I answered, "Yes, I am married to Jesus. And sometimes it is difficult for me to smile at Him because He is too demanding."

It is true: sometimes Jesus can ask too much of you. But it is in such moments that our smile becomes more beautiful.
~Mother Teresa

This "hit the nail on the head" in multiple ways. That first part tells me to stop trying to do/be so much. Relish the moments of reading to the kids, dancing with the whole family, making cookie messes in the kitchen...The part about smiling is exactly what I do every day, and many people don't quite "get" it. That is okay. I am just wired to really love on people. Even grouchy, hurried strangers.

And that last part makes me think of my StoryGirl. Ladies, those of you with daughters, will you share the above tidbit with them? The beauty thing is hard. I recently heard a talk on self-esteem in teens and the statistics are staggering. The media portrays images of girls and women, constantly, that are too lofty to obtain. There's no realism there, just special lighting and computer touch-ups. It's a really sad thing.

I want Story to know that she is special, beautiful, one-of-a-kind. It will be a challenge to teach her that the heavenly treasures of her heart are far more valuable than the treasures of the world. God made her great, right where she is. She is a princess to Him, and His standards are the only ones that bear any validity.
(step 1 in teaching/learning: it's okay to post "gnarly" photos of self!)

Lord, thank you for all those books (and for the smell of paper!) in the basement, oh, and for leading me to such a "filling" Mother Teresa tid-bit. It feels good to be full.


mel @ the larson lingo said...

Love this post....seriously love it. Thank you for sharing your heart. And, I totally get what you put about girls & self image. With both my pregnancies we didn't find out what we were having. As soon as my oldest daughter was born & I heard, "It's a girl!" I had tears of joy. And, then 30 seconds later it hit me..."I have a girl. A daughter. I need to raise her to love herself for who she is and who God created her to be and hopefully she will put her worth in those things instead of other things" Now, I have 2 daughters and it is scary to raise them in this world knowing all the self esteem issuers girls can have. Major prayers for all of us!

TK said...

Mindy, your post led me to writing mine today...http://tk-tiffanyk.blogspot.com/2011/02/monday-musings_28.html
thankyou ofr reminding me again to be thankful, to be happy with what I have!! TK xx

april@gingerbread girl said...

great post, cute pics...LoVe!!!

Emily said...

Thank you for sharing this today. I love Mother Teresa. wow.

I love your princess pic! Never too early to start teaching them!

Kate said...

Thanks for sharing this Mindy! I immediately copied that into my "inspirational thoughts" file! ;) Just what I needed to hear today...

Jenna said...

Thanks for being an encourager. What a wonderful reminder that a smile can do so much.

Michelle said...

I've been thinking about self esteem a lot lately and how the teaching needs to begin from an early age. I've got a couple of people close to me who are really struggling with self esteem now as grown women and making bad choices when it comes to men. Both keep going for men who treat them poorly and feel like that's all they deserve. It's puzzling to me. I started thinking about how there should be classes or workshops or something for young girls.

Shell in your Pocket said...

What a fun blog...a cute little one too!

sandy toe

Cherry Tree Lane said...

this post makes me so very happy. and the picture too. loves!

danielle @ take heart said...

so sweet and that is NOT a gnarly photo, woman.

Joyeful said...

I just love this SOOO much!!! And that IS a beautiful picture of you two!!