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Queen Elizabeth: I Follow Christ’s Example of ‘Doing Small Things With Great Love’

Her Majesty the Queen, in her annual Christmas address, said she draws strength from ordinary people doing extraordinary things and takes her example from Jesus Christ.

“At Christmas, our attention is drawn to the birth of a baby, some 2,000 years ago,” said Queen Elizabeth.

It was the humblest of beginnings and his parents, Joseph and Mary, did not think they were important. Jesus Christ lived obscurely for most of his life and never traveled far. He was maligned and rejected by many, though he had done no wrong. And yet billions of people now follow His teaching and find in him the guiding light for their lives. I am one of them because Christ’s example helps me see the value of doing small things with great love. Whoever does them, and whatever they themselves believe, the message of Christmas reminds us that inspiration is a gift to be given as well as received. And that love begins small but always grows.

While she praised the efforts of the British Olympians and Paralympians, she made it clear that it isn’t just the gifted or famous who can do great things for others. These Olympians inspire others, said the queen, but she recently saw inspiration “of a different kind,” when she met doctors, nurses and EMTs. Heroes, however, do not have to save lives or win medals, but just do extraordinary things for others with great love.


Sometimes we think we cannot do anything of significance, said the Queen, but the cumulative effect of small acts amount to quite a lot.

More than Paralympians or EMTs, the Queen said she is inspired by the life of Jesus Christ and the selfless acts He did many years ago, and through His example, encouraged others to perform “small acts of goodness.”

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