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Topic: Outstanding (04/21/11)
TITLE: Denominations Aside
By Michael Joshua
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Her name meant "Rosebud."
A small wisp of a woman, some reports say she was 4'9" and some say 4'10". In this case, I doubt that one inch either way matters much.
She served as others only talk of serving.
In 1950, she started with a group of 30 – today there are over 4,000 serving in the manner in which she taught them. Caring for those with AIDS, refugees, the blind, aged, impoverished and starving, both children and adults, was her calling.
Denominations aside. A Baptist could do this. A Christian is called to do this.
How can any find fault with what she brought to those in need?
But some did.
Some thought she should do her work and leave God out of it. But she could not and did not place God at the threshold. He was the center of her work and she made that clear. Whether they did or did not accept God was optional – but that they knew she was called by God to do what she did – that was imperative.
Some thought she should not mention contraception. Keep her opinions out of her service. But to "Rosebud" these were not opinions, they were God-given concepts that were non-negotiable.
Regardless, she lived to serve.
Denominations aside. A Lutheran could do this. A Christian is called to do this.
Poverty was an opportunity: an opportunity to give the glory to God when those who lived an impoverished existence were served.
"The poor will always be with you," Jesus said. Knowing this tells us that we will always have someone in need with us – someone that we may show the Love of a Savior.
We will always be able to show the Love of Jesus to a group who needs to see the Love.
"Rosebud" did just that. One person at a time, one person after another – regardless of their beliefs, their status in the community, their ability to repay or pay homage to her because she served them.
Denominations aside. A Methodist could do this. A Christian is called to do this.
It matters not where the poor are physically, emotionally or spiritually.
It matters – the heart of "Rosebud."
Service without compensation, without request for attention to herself – although the attention was unavoidable.
We all knew her.
Denominations aside. A Catholic could do this. A Christian is called to do this.
When she entered Heaven.
"Well done, my good and faithful servant."
Mother Teresa entered Heaven to be with the Savior she served.
I imagine God said, "Outstanding."
A Christian did this. A Christ-follower did this.
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