One of Julia Roberts dreams was to meet her greatest life mentor, Mother Teresa. She had observed from afar this woman take issue with governments and many organizations as advocate of the poor and unborn saying with outstretched arms, "If you don't want them, I'll take your unborn and poor. Finally one day the opportunity came for Ms. Roberts to meet her mentor. She arrived in Calcutta nervous but excited. While standing outside the mission awaiting admittance a nun came to the door and said, "Mother Teresa will meet you in the church. Will you wait for her there?"
After years of dreaming Ms. Roberts could hardly believe it was happening so of course she said yes. What's a few more minutes, right. She stepped in the adjoining chapel where noon-day mass was in preparation. She sat down next to one of the nuns sitting in the church. She began talking quietly to the nun about her trip and excitement about meeting Mother Teresa. After chatting with the nun for a few more minutes she said, "By the way what's your name?" The nun smiling said, "My name is Mother Teresa." Later when asked about meeting her life long mentor Ms. Roberts stated, "Her fame and amazing humanitarian efforts made her larger than life; I was surprised she was so ordinary."
How did this woman who often surprised people with her ordinariness accomplish such extraordinary things for God? Mother Theresa understood the principle that your gift can be ordinary but when connected to God's purpose, it becomes extraordinary. A fellow nun said about her, "Mother is very ordinary. When people meet her, they are so surprised by her ordinariness. But she allows God to work through her, and He has done extraordinary things."
If you are an ordinary person desiring to become extraordinary for God, do these things:
- Know your gift can be ordinary but when connected to God's purpose it becomes extraordinary.
- Receive your appointment from God (1 Co 12:18)
- Think one Body many parts (Rom. 12)
- Be a living epistle (2 Co 3:1-6)and finally
- Be active in sharing your faith (Phil. 1:6,7).
The late Mother Teresa was a wonderful example of a woman fulfilling her purpose on earth using ordinary instruments of helps, influence and motherhood. Let's venture with God into the extraordinary by diligently doing the impossible using ordinary tools.
Earma Brown, Author, Bible Teacher
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