This past weekend, my husband and watched a very special DVD entitled Mother Teresa of Calcutta. It was a 3-part miniseries put together into a DVD. The series gave me a deeper understanding of the life and work of Mother Teresa. She was born in Albania in a well-to-do family and ended up devoting her life to serving the poorest of the poor in the streets of Calcutta. She talked about how she was guided to do all that she did because of messages she would receive from Jesus and whenever accolades were showered on her, she was quick to say she had nothing to do with it. It was all God’s Will.
There was one Mother Teresa quote from the series which stuck in my head, “I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world”. Earlier that same day, I was busy sharpening pencils for my daughter’s first day of school. I was intrigued with the pencil imagery and it dawned on me (much light Oprah’s Aha! moments) that the ultimate goal of our purpose here is to be of service and to follow our calling – whether that aligns with our profession or not – and to extend ourselves in love and compassion.
Being a good listener may be your calling and you may not end up being a world-famous psychotherapist, that’s OK. Our ego is obsessed with how ‘important’ the work is by the status it receives. But, it’s all about extending your gift in a loving way to your circle of friends, family and people you come across. That alone is enough.
It became clear to me that my calling is to teach, inspire, write and share about how I hit the depths of despair and the journey that followed which helped me get off the ‘bathroom floor’. This is how I, the little pencil, am being utilized by God to bring light and love into the world and to help people feel loved, cared for and to understand they are never alone.
When people take the responsibility for themselves to want a better life – whether it’s losing weight to eliminate health risks, greater peace of mind, being more joyful and lighthearted, not being a slave to emotions, etc. – they are essentially sharpening their pencils so God’s work can be more clearly articulated through them.
Let’s say your calling is to be an artist and to share your creativity and beauty with others. But, if you are saddled with poor health, stressed out, always letting self-doubt and low self-esteem get in the way, etc., it is so much harder for you to be a pure channel of God’s gift through you and it’s so much harder for God to do his work if his instrument (you, the pencil) is not sharp.
Yes, God’s work through me is about getting people to live happy, healthier lives by addressing ALL key components of wellness – body, mind, heart and soul. But the real reason that matters is that people will become sharper pencils for God’s work to flow through them as well.