Sunday, June 26, 2011

It was never between you and them anyway!

People are often unreasonable and self-centered.  Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives.  Be kind anyway.

If you are honest, people may cheat you.  Be honest anyway.

If you find happiness, people may be jealous.  Be happy anyway.

The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow.  Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have and it may not be enough.  Give your best anyway.

For you see, in the end, it is between you and God.

It never was between you and them anyway.

[Mother Theresa]


  1. I loved Mother Teresa. I love this, thanks for posting!.

  2. It is a shame that the first part of this was turned into a sappy ditty designed to show off the bellowing ability of an American Idol contestant. The last two lines - which I never heard before as part of the quote - took my breath away.

  3. The reason you never heard the last two lines is because they were not part of the original, which was written by Dr. Kent Keith. If you go to Mother Teresa's website, there is a page called "quotes falsely attributed to Mother Teresa" and this is one of them. Dr. Keith writes here:

    "The last two lines about “the final analysis” trouble me, because they can be read in a way that is inconsistent with Christian teachings and the message of the Paradoxical Commandments themselves. The “final analysis” phrase seems to justify giving up on, or ignoring, or discounting other people. That is what Jesus told us we should not do.

    Jesus said that there are two great commandments—to love God, and to love our neighbor as ourselves. So in the final analysis, it is between you and God, but it is also between you and “them.” And when it comes to them, Jesus made it clear that we have to love people and help people anyway."

  4. Thanks for the explanation. I had thought it was not a Mother teresa quote. The last two sentences reminded me of Jesus saying "what you have done to the least of my brothers" or that part in Hebrews about entertaining angels unaware. Whoever we are interacting with, it's really bigger than we know.

  5. Thank You, Coleslaw. That reminds me of this quote I saw on Facebook. “The trouble with quotes on the Internet is that it is hard to discern if they are actually real” - Abraham Lincoln


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