Being The Change We Want To See
You and I have the wonderful opportunity of being the change we want to see. Life is a daily gift. What we do with it shows our level of gratitude. Every day we are given 24 more hours of potential. Lamentations 3:22-23 says, "Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness."
Every day, countless times, we interact with others. Every interaction has the opportunity to be a neutral, positive or negative experience. If the interaction goes without much notice...neutral. Interaction produces a desired result or feeling...positive. Interaction is difficult or painful...negative. Do we have no choice? Is all this 'bigger' than us, or can we effect change on an experience by experience level?
Benjamin Franklin has been credited with the quote, "If you fail to plan you are planning to fail." Being the change we want to see doesn't happen by chance. The very word being is an action verb. It requires some type of activity on our behalves. Being a positive influence requires a decision and then the required action put into motion to achieve.
All too often in our world, we hear people complaining about everything you can imagine. The news is filled with stories and critical comments about literally everything. The more drama that can be extracted from a situation, the more it is deemed 'newsworthy'. A few 'feel good' stories are thrown in on the news to fill space, but otherwise the biggest stories almost always are relating to negative or critical events and circumstances.
After having our heads filled with all this negativity, it is no wonder there are so many cases of depression and anxiety. Our focus is the key to making the needed changes to become a force for good. We can learn much from knowing what Jesus lived like when he was on earth. He took time for everyone, whether old or young, rich or poor, healthy or sick, believer or not a believer, and male or female.
In the book of Matthew, chapter 8, Jesus was approached by a man who has leprosy (vs 1-4). The man humbly comes to Jesus and declares "Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean." (vs. 2b). Jesus reaches out his hand and says, "I am willing. Be clean!" (vs.3)
Then after that Jesus is approached by a centurion (a government worker) who asks Jesus to heal his servant who is paralyzed. (vs. 5) Jesus tells him that he is willing and will go heal him. The centurion then replies that he is not worthy for Jesus to come to his house. He further states that he understands that Jesus has authority with speaking just the word and his servant will be healed. (vs. 8-9) This astonished Jesus, and he remarks on it. He even says this guy has more faith than anyone else Jesus had encountered in Israel. Jesus associated with everybody - not just the religious people.
After this, he heals blind and mute people, brings a dead girl back to life, went to the local pub and ate with the common folks, and then had dinner at the house of a crooked tax collector. He wasn't put off by people's shortcomings and sins. He invested time and a listening ear to all he came in contact with. He was the change he wanted to see.
He turned the world he lived in upside down. The religious people of his day were so mad about it they began to plot ways to kill him! Imagine...the RELIGIOUS LEADERS didn't recognize who he was! When we have a heart for PEOPLE - the very people that we rub lives with every day - then every day will become an adventure.
Taking the time to stop and listen...really listen....or lend a helping hand...will impact your life. It will give REAL help to those who need it right then. Ever needed a helping hand and there was no-one in sight? I have been there. I could have really used the help...or the helping hand...or the companionship.
So you know what - I have made a decision. I want to be the change I want to see, the change that would have really helped me when circumstances were tough. I want to go about my day as if I was an adventure seeking missile. I want to have Jesus open my eyes to SEE what I can do within my day. My goal is to be a little better person every day. The adventures I find are opportunities to accomplish just that. My prayer....'Open the eyes of my heart, Lord, to see like Jesus did when he was on earth a little more each day.'
You? What is your daily goal? Do you have a plan to grow as a person? There is no better time than now to make the needed mind shifts. Tomorrow may never come, but you and I have today every day we are blessed to wake up.
Make the most of today. Be the change you want to see.