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Be The Change

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You’ve seen that great quote from Ghandi, “Be the change you want to see in the world.”  Lately, those words have begun to take on new meaning for me. 

I saw The Blind Side for the first time with friends.  I cried, laughed, and then cried some more.   Knowing that aside from a few choice words and one intense scene towards the end, the movie was safe for mature kids, I took my daughter.  As we were walking out of the theater afterwards, I choked up as I said to her “what an honor to have that kind of impact in someone’s life.”   It led to a great discussion on those things, big and small, we can do for others that make a noticeable difference.  The most powerful line in that movie, to me, was during lunch when one of Leigh Anne’s friends said” You’re changin’ that boys life.”  To which she replied “No, he’s changin’ mine.”

Here are some ways I think we can really Be The Change:

  1. Live Fearlessly-In Max Lucado’s book, Fearless, he asks this question: “How long has it been since “a fresh understanding of Christ buckled your knees and emptied your lungs? Since a glimpse of him left you speechless and breathless?”   When we are being agents of change, we get to be front row participants in these breathtaking moments.
  2. Give freely- We’ve made big changes this year about how we are “doing” Christmas.  We all have so much.  And there are too many who have nothing.  Choosing to not give gifts to family (or get them in return) and instead invest that in others has been a million times more rewarding than any gift-swapping I’ve ever done in the past.
  3. Love one another-This is challenging sometimes, isn’t it?  I have a hard time praying for the people who cause stress in my life.  And often, they are the ones who need it most.  But it seems that the best opportunities to help others appear when our hearts are unburdened by chaos.
  4. Listen-Sometimes God gives us a booming directive, but often it’s that still, small voice directing us to stop and help someone, donate to a new chairty, or take our lives in a completely new direction.  Only by listening–and acting–can we drastically affect the world around us.

In what other ways do you think we can live out a desire for change?

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6 Responses to “Be The Change”

  1. Rachel Hauck December 4, 2009 at 10:21 am #

    Jennifer, once again, a though provoking post. The list you provided is good, and if I do half of them, I’ll do well!

    But in the name of “ever striving” I think I want to be more like Jesus. Stop thinking and sensing so much about myself and do as the Word admonishes, “put on the Lord Jesus Christ.”

    A daily exercise, no doubt, and his garments, while freely given, are far to royal and large for me. I want to step into them every day.

    I once sang a spontaneous chorus during a worship set where the words went something like, “In the light of Your love, I can’t even see me and it feels so good.”

    We were a small group praying that night, twelve of us, but we hung onto the chorus for 20 minutes and I think we all left changed.

    So that would be my one constant, keeping loving, giving, listening (a huge one) and living fearlessly in the fight!

    Rachel

    • JenDeshler December 7, 2009 at 8:48 am #

      Rachel,

      Love this comment. You are so right. Sometimes the best thing we can do is just get out of our own heads.

  2. Tod Shuttleworth December 5, 2009 at 7:04 am #

    I agree 100% that it was a very impactful movie. The best stories of the real life stories.

  3. amy December 10, 2009 at 10:01 am #

    An honor indeed! Loved that movie. What struck me is that being a disciple of Jesus truly is all about relationships. Building a trust and a love with people – a transparency that allows a two way learning/loving relationship. One on one, one person at a time. Love is spelled T-I-M-E. It’s not good deeds for the sake of good deeds, but acts to change and point each other to Christ.

    Glad to have discovered you – great blog. :)

  4. Kelli December 11, 2009 at 6:17 am #

    Being the mother of a 3yo & 4mo I dont get to the movies much these days, but Ive heard such great things about this movie. Even though I have yet to see it, the simple things you wrote here did sort of “re charge” me. Thanks for that!

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