Give the World the Best You’ve Got Anyway!

Published: Monday, 04 March 2013

This statement was given in a recent service at ABC. It was used by Bishop Muzorewa, Mother Teresa and scores of others but these ‘Paradoxical Commandments’ were written by Dr. Kent Keith and published in one of his books in 1968.

Love-them-anywayA few years ago black Christians in Zimbabwe were facing enormous trials, they were tired of the oppression and the opposition but in one of the many rallies for encouragement Bishop Abel Muzorewa gave this sustaining word:

People are unreasonable, illogical and self-centred.


Love them anyway!

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish motives.

Do good anyway!

If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.

Succeed anyway!

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.

Do good anyway!

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.

Be honest and frank anyway!

The biggest people with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest people with the smallest ideas.

Think big anyway!

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.

Build anyway!

People really need help, but may attack you if you help them.

Help people anyway!

Give the world the best you have and you'll get kicked in the teeth.

Give the world the best you've got anyway!