Don’t be naive. Some people will impugn your motives, others will smear your reputation—just because you believe in me. (Matthew 10:17, Message)
Today I am taking the easy way out. This verse reminds me of a beautiful poem I discovered last year, a prayer by Mother Teresa called "Do It Anyway." They say it hung on the wall of her bedroom.
People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway.
What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.
Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.