Waiting on the World to Change
When you ask a group of men, “How many of you want to change the world?!” most will answer with a resounding, “I do!” But the reality is most of us won’t change the world, because we’re just too busy trying to survive it. We can easily answer the rallying cry together, but when it’s Tuesday at 2:00 PM and we’re alone with the world demanding our attention or our flesh is crying out to be satisfied in some way, it can be tough to remember the big picture of changing the world.
Here are two thoughts for today as we fight this ongoing battle.
1. Let God change your world—today.
Whatever He’s working on in you, whatever He’s trying to change in you—cooperate. It’s interesting how as we obey and grow, we become more motivated to join Him in loving, reaching, and touching others for Him. In short, when we put Jesus in, Jesus is what comes out.
2. Change someone’s world—today.
It can be intimidating and daunting to “change the world,” but what about finding just one person today that you can impact. An encouraging word, a helping hand, a smile and a compliment, a display of compassion, a call to check on someone, a thank you note, a quiet hug, on and on.
Simple things we can do to step out of our comfort zone and out of our isolation to reach into someone’s world and show the love of Christ can, indeed, change the world for the better. Ours and theirs.
What if for the rest of this week, every day, you told someone the truth about themselves? Not patronizing or manipulating, but if they’re good at something, tell them. If they look sharp, tell them. If they have a positive quality, tell them.
Seek out who it is. Say it. See what happens.
Let’s invite God to work in us and then allow Him to work through us. Simple? Yeah. Easy? No. The right thing to do? Absolutely. If you really want to change the world.
If we can serve others, we should serve. If we can teach, we should teach. If we can encourage others, we should encourage them. If we can give, we should be generous. If we are leaders, we should do our best. If we are good to others, we should do it cheerfully. Be sincere in your love for others. Hate everything that is evil and hold tight to everything that is good. —Romans 12:7-9 CEV
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