I’m sure you, like me, have been dismayed at some of the news from all over the world in recent months: news of conflict, hatred, and the misuse of power. The issues are complex and are often rooted in deep-seated quarrels and resentments. The problems afflicting our planet and her people often seem insurmountable. We wonder what can be done.
Let me share with you a brief fable:
Once there was a man who set out to change the world.
It was not long before he discovered that the world was far too big for one person to change. So he decided to change his country.
Mired by politics and the complexities of modern-day society, his efforts were thwarted, so he decided to change his local community.
But his neighbours simply closed their doors and shut their windows, so he decided to change his family.
Instead of changing, his children rebelled and his wife threatened a divorce – and things only got worse.
Finally, the man decided to change himself. And when he did that: he changed the world.
The world changes when we look again at our own lives, characters and attitudes, and allow them to be transformed by the God of Love, becoming the kind of people He would have us be.
There has been much outpouring of grief over the sudden death of pop artist Michael Jackson. Jackson has influenced many millions with his music. The ‘King of Pop’ has been horrendously wrong many times in his life and on so many levels, but he was so very right once in 1987 (thanks to lyrics by Siedah Garrett and Glen Ballard) when he sang:
I’m starting with the man in the mirror
I’m asking him to change his ways
And no message could have been any clearer
If you wanna make the world a better place take a look at yourself and then make a change.
Change begins with us. Make that change.