“Anyway”

I came across a great quote from Mother Teresa…
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 is never between you and them anyway.

1 Corinthians 10:31 So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 
Anyway and AnywayColossians 3:23 Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,

It is so easy for us to get into this ‘if-then’ downward flow that says, if you are nasty or hurtful then I will not forgive. Yes we are called to the higher value of this ‘anyway thinking’ that says we answer to God and follow His purposes, plans, and principles …anyway, regardless. We do this because life is better following God’s way…anyway.

Matthew 6:14 For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will   also forgive you,

Sure it is easy if people are kind, affirming, honest, loving, and helpful…yet we are not to live life conditional or contingent on someone else being a certain way.

Luke 6:33-35 33 And if you do good to those who do good to you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to get back the same amount. 35 But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for He is kind to the ungrateful and the evil.

Wow…that just put a big exclamation mark on ANYWAY!!

Let’s forgive anyway!
Let’s be kind anyway!
Let’s be generous anyway!
Let’s love anyway!
Le’s serve anyway!
Let’s help anyway!
Let’s live life God’s way anyway!!!

Seeking to let today be another ‘anyway’ day with you,

Mike

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