Mother Theresa was 70 years old when she visited Rome after receiving the Nobel Peace Prize. There she was approached by a gutsy reporter who said to her, “Mother, you are 70 years old. When you die, the world will be like before. What will have changed after so much effort?”
There was silence as all waited for the response from this Wise, old Mother, and finally, Mother Theresa smiled and said, “Look, I have never believed I could change the world. I just wanted to be one thing: a small drop of pure water in which the love of God can be reflected. Does that seem too little to you?”
Then Mother Theresa said to the reporter, You should try it too. If you were a drop of pure water, then there’d be two of us. And tell your wife. Then there’d be three of us. Tell your children, and there’d be more of us.”
Be a Drop of Pure Water
How many times have you wanted to change something but felt too insignificant, like you couldn’t make a difference so why even try?
It happens to so many of us so often. In some ways, maybe it’s true. Maybe we can’t change the whole world, but maybe there’s something more sinister in that belief. Maybe that’s the way we are held down, kept captive by negativity. If we always believe we can’t make a difference, what’s the point in trying?
If we don’t believe there’s a point in trying, we won’t try and nothing will change.
Well, to those Mother Theresa ministered to, the difference was life changing. No, she didn’t change the world. Poverty and hunger and suffering still continue and grow, but to those who knew Mother Theresa she was inspirational and her drop of pure water was life giving.
Thank God Mother Theresa didn’t fall for the belief that her outcomes wouldn’t be worth her efforts. Thank God she wanted to make a difference. Thank God she never gave up. Thank God she believed she could be a drop of pure water. Thank God she didn’t think the drop she could contribute wouldn’t be enough.
A drop of pure water really does make a difference.
Will you contribute your drop?
I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone and create many ripples.
Pick an area of your life that could use a drop of pure water.
List three things you can do now that would contribute purity to the area you picked above.