A dear priest we know from Ghana, Fr. James, signs many of his written communications with the exhortation to, "Stay blessed!" Keeping a good and holy Christmas is to really let the Lord in and to give Him every fiber of our being. This is easy to say, hard to do. I am organizing my workspace in my kitchen and am going to throw away the paper version of this quote, attributed to Mother Teresa of Calcutta. As you can see, it is an examination of conscience of sorts:
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 never 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.
Those of you who know what a clutter bug I am will laugh. I am not throwing it away and am off, instead, to tape it into my new red leather F.Covey zipper organizer that I bought for myself at Wal-mart a few days ago. Watch out 2008, I am armed with a Day Timer!