Love is not just an euphoric high of emotions. Love is an intentional lifestyle that is lived out in every decision and in every moment. It is humbly attempting to model ones life in a manner that reflects the love, mercy and grace we have all been given. Love is just the recognition that our entire lives should be a unending thank you for the grace we have received without cost and without measure.
The biggest limitation we have is our own fears. One of my own biggest fears has always been the fear of failure.
Whatever our fears, they hold us back from achieving all that we could if we push through them. We need the courage to attempt greater and more significant challenges. We just need the courage to begin.
In the end, I would much rather fail and look foolish attempting the impossible than always wondering what would have happened if I had tried. As I have often said, any action on behalf of those in need makes a huge difference.
Facing our fear, naming it, and recognizing how it limits what we can achieve is the first step to achieving so much more. And for me, that makes me want to attempt even greater things, especially on behalf of the poor and the hungry.
Dearest Lord, may I see you today and every day in the person of your sick, and while nursing them, minister unto you. Though you hide yourself behind the unattractive disguise of the irritable, the exacting, the unreasonable, may I still recognize you and say: “Jesus, my patient, how sweet it is to serve you.” — Mother Teresa
Whether people are beautiful or plain, friendly or cruel, ultimately they are human beings, just like oneself. Like oneself, they want happiness and do not want suffering. Furthermore, their right to overcome suffering and be happy is equal to one’s own. Now, when you recognize that…you automatically feel empathy and closeness for them. Through accustoming your mind to this sense of universal altruism, you develop a feeling of responsibility for others: the wish to help them actively overcome their problems. This wish is not selective; it applies equally to all. – the Dalai Lama
Ending hunger in our lifetime is possible. We all know it is the right thing to do. My prayer is that we recognize that we are all human beings, we are all one family, and we all have a right to life in all its fullness. Once we recognize that, the feeling of responsibility will lead us to do whatever is necessary to make sure each of us has bread.