The original version of the following poem is posted on the wall of Shishu Bhvan, a children’s home in Calcutta, India, established by Mother Teresa and run by her order of nuns. It best describes the staying power or perseverance to which Jesus calls us.
Discipleship is an unusual undertaking; the better you become at it, the more difficult and challenging it will be. Be a disciple anyway; never give up! The people you are called to serve may be unlikable, ungrateful and unimpressed by your dedication. Love and serve them anyway; never give up! If you do good, people may accuse you of selfish ulterior motives. Do good anyway; never give up! The good you do for Christ will be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway; never give up! Honesty, humility, simplicity may make you vulnerable. Be honest, humble and simple anyway; never give up! What you spend years building may seem insignificant in the eyes of others. Build anyway; never give up! People really need help but may attack you if you help them. Help them anyway; never give up! Give the world the best you have and you may get kicked in the teeth. Give the world your best anyway; never give up!