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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?