Do It Anyway: Thoughts from Mother Teresa

[O]ne of the most popular posts here on Art, Life & Faith is this poem written by Mother Teresa. When facing difficult people and an often-harsh world, Mother Teresa’s challenge to Do It Anyway offers a refreshing perspective of what it means to walk intimately with God. Mother Teresa’s simple and profound thoughts on the love of God, service to others, and living a simple life of faithfulness to God continues to inspire millions worldwide.



Her inspirational thoughts of what it means to love others in the name of Jesus strike an authentic, beautiful chord for everyone who desires a deeper walk with God. We all need gentle reminders to continue in the way of Jesus…

I hope this poem encourages you today and spurs you to “Do It Anyway.”

Do It Anyway

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

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

If you are successful, you will win some false friends and true enemies;
Succeed anyway. (Click here if you’d like to Tweet this.)

If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
Be honest anyway.

What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
Build anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.

You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God;
It was never between you and them anyway.

No Greater Love is one of my favorite books by Mother Teresa. Click here to order today.

Questions: As you reflect on Mother Teresa’s words, what idea strikes you the most? What thought challenges you? What do you find most difficult about living the way she suggests? How might the Holy Spirit develop in you a greater life of love and service to God and others today?

Lord, by your mercy and grace, give us the strength to follow you closer today. Help us to do it anyway…in your name we pray.

I’d love your thoughts and…

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  • Rosemarie Adcock

    As followers of Jesus we can live by His example of ignoring our ever-changing emotions (and as artists, we do feel so very deeply), so I don’t imply that it is an easy thing to do. But it is expected of us, to die to ourselves, as the Apostle Paul wrote, “I die daily” and so we must. If at any time I am feeling good and sorry for myself for some trial, I am reminded that I “have not yet suffered to the shedding of blood”. Ha. Shedding tears maybe, but certainly not shedding blood. In those times that we do good things in spite of what is around us, especially in spite of some really terrible things around us, in those times God’s glory shines brightest through us, because people recognize it is not normal to respond to evil with good. And so we are called, if we accept the true calling of a follower of Jesus, to be like He was, doing what He was called to do, regardless of His own preferences. But as God’s ways are higher than our ways, His thoughts higher than our thoughts, so much more will come from doing it His way than could have possibly come by doing things our own way, as He can do above and beyond all we can ask or even imagine. And we have great imaginations!

    • Joey O’Connor

      Our emotions are meant to serve us, not to rule us. You offer a great point Rosemarie by reminding us that our emotions are ever-changing. Christ desires to rule in our hearts, not to deny our emotions, but for the Holy Spirit be our guide in how we manage them.

      I’m amazed at the power that comes from Christ when I choose to not let a certain emotion rule my spirit (fear, anger, resentment)…when I’m in a good place, it’s amazing how fast those negative feelings can dissipate. God with us, Christ in us, the Holy Spirit as counselor and guide. We can go much further and endure far more than we think we can. Thanks for your insights.

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