ED­I­TOR’S IN­TRO­DUC­TION

Activated - - NEWS - Sa­muel Keat­ing Ex­ec­u­tive Ed­i­tor com­pelled and pro­pelled

I’m sure most of us would look at Mother Teresa and peo­ple like her and think we could never be like that; we could never be so saintly or make such a dif­fer­ence in the lives of so many. Maybe not, but the tragedy is that be­cause so many don’t think they can, they don’t even try. But Mother Teresa didn’t set out to be­come a saint or a No­bel Peace Prize lau­re­ate. And she didn’t start out min­is­ter­ing to mul­ti­tudes of the poor­est of the poor. She just saw the need near­est to her and re­sponded.

God is in the busi­ness of us­ing or­di­nary peo­ple in or­di­nary cir­cum­stances to show ex­tra­or­di­nary love. It all comes down to Je­sus’ rule for liv­ing, which He ex­pressed a lit­tle dif­fer­ently on a cou­ple of dif­fer­ent oc­ca­sions: love God fore­most and love oth­ers as much as we love our­selves, and treat oth­ers the

1 way we want to be treated. If we try to live that way, one de­ci­sion, one action,

2 one con­ver­sa­tion at a time, it won’t change the whole world overnight, but it will change our worlds—our own lives and the lives we touch.

The apos­tle Paul, in ex­plain­ing the life of ser­vice that he and other early Chris­tians had adopted, said, “The love of Christ com­pels us.” That same love

3 can also pro­pel us. The more we put God’s love to use, the more it grows, the more it be­comes a part of our re­ac­tions, and the more it is seen in our ac­tions. This was the se­cret to Paul’s suc­cess, and Mother Teresa’s—and it can be ours.

This is­sue of Ac­ti­vated is ded­i­cated to all those who daily give un­selfishly of them­selves for the love of Christ’s sake. Though you may be un­sung in the world today, God knows and sees.

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