True Camaraderie by Jennifer Waddle

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True Camaraderie
Series: In It Together
Jennifer Waddle 

 For many years, I have been interested in the life of Mother Teresa, finding her devotion to the poor honorable and quite remarkable. Though we would have differed in some fundamental beliefs, I would have loved to sit and chat about her unwavering commitment to serve others with God’s love.

Understandably, there was much resistance to the idea of sending a small, unmarried woman into the slums. It took her more than a year of persistence and repeated requests before she finally got the support she needed. Here is a small account of her mission:

At first Sister Teresa taught slum children whose parents were too poor to send their children to school. They called her Mother Teresa, and that is who she became. One day, as she later recalled, she found a woman ""half eaten by maggots and rats'' lying in the street. She sat with her, stroking her head, until the woman died. With that experience a new vocation--and a new religious order--was born. Her goal, she decided, would be to minister to the ""unwanted, unloved and uncared for'' strewn throughout the teeming streets and sprawling slums of her adopted city. And to that end she gathered a small group of women around her, forming the Missionary Sisters of Charity. (

Her place in the body of Christ may have seemed like the “pinky toe” we talked about in the last chapter. But she was less concerned about her position and more concerned with her commission.

May I repeat that?

She was less concerned about her position and more concerned with her commission.

And in that obedience, the Lord eventually brought a few women to join her. Mother Teresa’s independence, in serving the poorest of the poor, was actually dependence on God.

In this place called “life,” let’s remember who we are serving. Camaraderie with other believers comes second to living in obedience to the Lord. If Mother Teresa would have listened to man over God, she would have stayed tucked away in a convent. Think of the hundreds, if not thousands of people who would not have been reached if she had followed man.

You may be wondering why I chose the word “camaraderie,” instead of a more familiar term like “teamwork.” To me, camaraderie portrays a deeper sense of unity, commitment, and dedication—all placed under the banner of Almighty God.

I’ve broken it down into an acrostic with each letter of the word describing a specific way we can find true camaraderie within the body of Christ. Take a look:


Connect—even when you don’t feel like it:

We all know how it feels when we just don’t connect with someone. The relationship becomes a strain and may dissolve altogether.

But sisters, we are connect ...

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