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KS Maui Kahu Kalani Wong KSK’74 directs those questioning their faith in ke Akua to look to the life of Mother Teresa, who overcame her struggle with faith by devoting herself to serve those around her.

Weekly devotional: Renew your faith by serving others

July 9, 2021

Contributed by KS Maui Kahu Kalani Wong KSK’74

Ka Ipu o Lono shares weekly devotionals to provide spiritual enrichment to members of the Kamehameha Schools ‘ohana. For more inspiration, visit the KS “Our faith” website.

Heluhelu Baibala
Mai makaʻu ʻoe, no ka mea, ʻo wau pū nō me ʻoe;
Mai weliweli hoʻi, no ka mea, ʻo wau nō kou Akua.
Naʻu nō i hoʻoikaika aku iā ʻoe,
A naʻu hoʻi ʻoe i kōkua aku;
Ua hoʻokūpaʻa aku au iā ʻoe i ka lima ʻākau o koʻu pono.
– ‘Isaia 41:10

Scripture Reading
Do not fear, for I am with you;
Do not be afraid, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you, I will also help you,
I will also uphold you with My righteous right hand.
– Isaiah 41:10

He manaʻo o ke kahu
KS Maui Kahu Kalani Wong KSK’74

When we struggle with life, the tendency is to look at our own situation and moan and groan about what we don’t have. It is only when we take our eyes off ourselves and look at the needs of others that we will truly be able to move forward.

We all know the name of Mother Theresa. She was one of the kindest and most caring women of the 20th century. She saved many lives at her own financial and personal sacrifice.

She was honored with the Nobel Peace Prize, amongst many others. As well as her awards, she was recognized as a saint by the church after her death and was given a feast day named after her which takes place annually on September 5th.

When she moved to Calcutta, India, she had no money, as well as no family to assist her through this trouble. She resorted to begging on the streets for money, and as for her medical assistance, it was struggling due to her lack of education. She had begun her battle with her belief in God at this stage in her life, stating that she relied on faith alone to get through her struggles.

When Mother Teresa was appointed the headmistress of the Loreto Convent School, she struggled immensely and became increasingly guilt-ridden and disturbed at the poverty witnessed in the streets daily. It was not long after that she had heard from God to devote the rest of her life to those who were at the lowest end of the societal spectrum both financially and physically. The answer to Saint Theresa’s struggle with faith was to pour herself into serving others. By putting herself fully into focusing on those who were struggling, hurting, and hoping for any relief from their pain, she could get over hers.

Going through your own faith struggles? Seek to make a difference in the life of another, knowing that ke Akua is always there to strengthen you. May that build your faith in God.

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