This is a wise "final analysis" perspective on life, relayed from Kent Keith to us with some revision, as explained at the end of the page by Mother Teresa, because "it was never just between you and them. People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
The Mother Teresa Connection
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies. Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you. Be honest and frank anyway.
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough. Give the best you've got anyway.
Do It Anyway (HD)
You see, in the final analysis it is between you and God; it was never between you and them anyway. This poem is a revision of an earlier set of Paradoxical Commandments by Kent Keith. Both versions — revised author unknown and original by Kent Keith — are in this page.
A related version is engraved on the wall of Mother Teresa's home for children in Calcutta. A good explanation of the history and context re: Mother Teresa comes from Kent Keith.
I like Kent's ideas — it's why they're in this page! So in the final analysis, it is between you and God, but it is also between you and 'them' We have to love people and help people anyway. The revised version says "it was never between you and them" for final evaluation and motivation.
God will be the ultimate evaluator of our thinking-and-actions. And our main motivation should be to please God, as in Colossians , "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as though you were working for the Lord and not for people" because "Christ is the real Master you serve.
You see, in the final analysis it is between you and God. It was never just between you and them anyway.
Abide in Christ for a Vital Prayer Life. Do it Anyway — Mother Teresa This is a wise "final analysis" perspective on life, relayed from Kent Keith to us with some revision, as explained at the end of the page by Mother Teresa, because "it was never just between you and them.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight. Build anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous. Be happy anyway. The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow. Do good anyway.