One of my “sheroes” is Mother Teresa. I was drawn to her work, her writings and her example long before I had the opportunity to visit India and actually meet people who had trained under her leadership. This January, as you read this letter, in fact, I will be spending some time in India and visiting with a nurse who trained with the Sisters of Charity and has become a good friend of mine. Sister Jean is a modern-day example of humility, servanthood and perseverance. (Although she is not a nun, I call her “sister” because we are sisters in Christ…so I’m Sister Kristy!)

I have been thinking a lot about Mother Teresa lately, maybe because our world is so in need of more people like her…more examples of her actions in the face of pain and suffering. Hear her words, again, and imagine yourself acting on these words and not simply thinking they were good words to hear:

“People are generally irrational, unreasonable and selfish. They deserve to be loved anyway.”

“I never look at the masses as my responsibility. I look at the individual. I can love only one person at a time. I can feed only one person at a time. Just one, one, one.”

“God doesn’t require us to succeed, he only requires that you try.”

“Be kind to each other. It is better to commit faults with gentleness than to work miracles with unkindness.”

“There is a light in this world, a healing spirit more powerful than any darkness we may encounter.”

And here is probably my favorite…

“Do ordinary things with extraordinary love.”

She has so much more to say that I could fill pages with her wisdom but it honestly comes down to remembering some pretty simple things:
1. Love everyone
2. Try your best
3. Serve the one in front of you
4. Be kind
5. Remember that God’s light is greater than the darkness you see

I think if we chose to live life following these five things, our world would be a better place. I look forward to seeing my friend, Sister Jean, soon and basking a bit in her kindness and wisdom. She often says that she gets so much from my visits but I’m a novice when it comes to service in comparison to this woman. How blessed I am to know these great servants who continue to shoulder the hurts of this world when so many other choose not to see or respond. Please remember to pray for Sister Jean, my friend Tuslim in Bangladesh, Carmen and Richard in Bolivia and Samira in Lebanon. These are just some of the amazing people God has allowed me to serve alongside. And as you pray for each of them, pray, too, that God shows you how you can better see and serve the needs around you here…with great love and kindness.