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“It is not how much we do, but how much love we put in the doing. It is not how much we give, but how much love we put in the giving”. –Mother Teresa

Gates and Mother TNipun Mehta is an interesting person who has dedicated a good portion of his life to delivering hope filled messages. He has a website called “Daily Good- News that Inspires” and it is well worth subscribing to his e-mail updates. Here is a small passage from a recent article he wrote comparing the work of Bill Gates and Mother Teresa. It is adapted from a speach he delivered to a group of business people in China:

Forbes magazine did a piece which [asked]the question: “Who has changed the world more: Bill Gates or Mother Teresa?” And they concluded Bill Gates.

My response to this industrialist, though, was a true story that happened a few weeks ago at a school near Pune. I asked the same question to them: who do you want to be when you grow up — Bill Gates or Mother Teresa? Usually about 60-80% of them will vote for Bill Gates, but here, a majority of them said Mother Teresa. So I probed further. Why? As people started raising their hands, a shy young girl — maybe 11 years old — raised her hand, hesitated, and then put it down. Seeing that, I encouraged her to speak, and her response completely floored me.

“Sir, Bill Gates used the power of money to change the world, and Mother Teresa used the power of love to change the world. And I think love is more powerful than money.”

When we are baptized as followers of The Christ we are initiated into a way of life that has as its foundation on one thing- love!

Mother Teresa would, I believe, argue with the very premise of the question raised by Forbes magazine. It was never her intent or goal to change the world. She was a baptized follower of Jesus who followed his lead and like Christ gave her love away one person at a time.

Mother Teresa seemed to understand better than most that when you change the life of one person through love you  in fact end up changing the world.

(Nipun is the founder of ServiceSpace.org, a nonprofit that works at the intersection of gift-economy, technology and volunteerism. His popular TED talk Designing for Generosity provides an overview of their work and guiding principles.)

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