Mother Teresa said: “I am not sure exactly what heaven will be like, but I know that when we die and it comes time for God to judge us, he will not ask, ‘How many good things have you done in your life?’ rather he will ask, ‘How much love did you put into what you did?” 

I think a lot of times we get caught up in the what of our lives. What do we do for a living? What are we going to buy next? What movie do I want to watch this weekend? And granted not all of the “whats” are bad and selfish. Sometimes we ask ourselves the hard whats: What can I do to help others? What charity should I donate to? What useful thing can I do in my spare time?

But really–from what I can gather–the most important parts of life come down to the hows. Mother Teresa said the question isn’t “what did you do,” but rather “how much love did you put into what you did.” Sometimes we get caught up in the idea that in order to help the world we have to make big, drastic changes: become a missionary to a third world country, start a non-profit, or become an inspirational speaker. But the answer is much simpler than that.

So for today, stop focusing on the what and start looking towards the how. How often do you seek to serve others in your day? How can you in your everyday life bring some happiness to those around you? How well do you love the people in your life?

Because in the end the key is not to do more, but instead to do more passionately.


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