“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” (Mother Teresa)
I read the above quote by Mother Teresa recently. I highly respect her selfless example of a life of service to others and think that her writings are worthy of consideration. However regarding this particular quote, I will dare to make a slight change. My preferred quotation follows.
“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to God.” (J. Gillum Foy)
My quotation offers more peace and hope. While we each are connected to our fellow humans, I think there is more truth in my quote. In fact, real peace in a human heart comes only when we belong to God our Father. Peace, hope, comfort, joy — all good things — result from that position.
I trust it is true, because the Bible teaches that it is, and I believe the Bible is the source of truth. Also I believe it, because it has been proven and experienced in my life.
We may listen to and learn from those who are highly esteemed, but we can still think for ourselves. Sometimes we may even improve original quotes as I believe I have this one.
I hope you’ll ponder these quotes then make your own judgment. Just make sure you belong to God. That is the distinction that makes mine true. Peace to you… Shalom!
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world but that the world might be saved through Him.” (John 3: 16-17)
“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15: 13)
“And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4: 7)
“All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3: 16, 17)