And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.
Colossians 3:23-25, kjv
Mother Teresa shared this during her lifetime.
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.
My heart is saddened this day Lord as I have been what appears to be intentionally misinformed and a service misrepresented to me that was dear to my heart. My response was shock, then tears, then the reminder that it is not my burden to bear. The occurrence between me and the individuals who I feel manipulated me never was between me and them. It was and always will be between THEM and YOU.
Thank you Father for reminding me that you "always" have my back and I need to be more concerned with my actions and reactions that I may "only" draw people to You and not push them away from You because of improper behavior on my part. Father I pray you have mercy on those that chose to misrepresent themselves and in doing so hurting my soul. Bless them. Open their eyes to see through the eyes of those they are dealing with and in doing so please touch their hearts to be more honest and sensitive. May You direct them toward having a heart after Your own heart that they too, may bring joy into others lives.
AMEN and AMEN