"...but he has told me, 'My grace is all you need, because my power is perfected in weakness.' Therefore, I will most happily boast about my weaknesses, so that the Messiah's power may rest on me." - 2 Corinthians 12:9

MOTHER TERESA

Mother Teresa stands out as one of the greatest humanitarians of the 20th century. She combined profound empathy and a fervent commitment to her cause with incredible organizational and managerial skills that allowed her to develop a vast and effective international organization of missionaries to help impoverished citizens all across the globe. However, despite the enormous scale of her charitable activities and the millions of lives she touched, to her dying day she held only the most humble conception of her own achievements. Summing up her life in characteristically self-effacing fashion, Mother Teresa said, “By blood, I am Albanian. By citizenship, an Indian. By faith, I am a Catholic nun. As to my calling, I belong to the world. As to my heart, I belong entirely to the Heart of Jesus.”

She also had a keen sense of humor. When reminded that God does not give us any burdens we cannot handle, Mother Teresa replied, “I know, but sometimes I just wish He didn’t think so highly of me!” And lest we think she never really had big problems or doubts, in one despairing letter to a confidant, Mother Teresa wrote, “Where is my faith—even deep down right in there is nothing, but emptiness & darkness—My God—how painful is this unknown pain—I have no faith—I dare not utter the words & thoughts that crowd in my heart & make me suffer untold agony.” While such revelations are shocking considering her public image of perfect faith, they also make Mother Teresa a more relatable and human figure to all those who experience doubt in their beliefs.

While hitting rock bottom is not fun, crises do offer opportunities for growth and service. For instance, sometimes God allows us to go through hard times so that we can learn to truly trust Him. You see, when we do choose to trust God – even when there is no concrete evidence of His presence – we demonstrate real faith. And that faith is not only demonstrated to God, it is a powerful witness to everyone who sees what you have gone through. Look at the example shown by Joseph. After thirteen years of miserable setbacks, the first thing he did was to stand before Pharaoh and share the testimony of his faith in God. What a magnificent witness to the glory of God!

So, when facing tough times, recognize the opportunity you have to build trust in God, deepen your faith, and become a powerful witness for your Heavenly Father.

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