What if We Were the Change
By: La Donna Chase
“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”
The dictionary defines change as “to make radically different, transform, to give a different position, course or direction to.” Knowing Gandhi to be a simple and peaceful man, I think he may have been saying that change must begin within each of us. If enough of us make small, what some might even consider inconsequential, changes we, as the whole, just might be able to change the world. What an incredible, empowering thought this is! Not possible you say? Consider the huge social changes our country has gone through: abolition of slavery, women’s rights, the civil rights movement. These all started with just a few people trying to make changes and grew until they had an impact on the entire world.
Jesus said in Matthew 7:12 “so whatever you wish that men would do to you, do so to them.” Do you wish more people would recycle? You can set the example in your own neighborhood. Do you feel strongly about global warming? Perhaps you could install solar panels in your home, carpool or take public transportation to work. By your example, show your friends and neighbors what can be done. In Matthew 6:21 Jesus tells us “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” What you really and truly love you will work to make happen, even if it’s just within your own circle of friends and family. We all know a forest fire can start with one little spark and an avalanche can start with a small movement of the snow. Think about this: If everyone brought just one or two cans of food to church every Sunday or to their neighborhood food bank, think how many hungry people we could feed; how many lives could be changed! You may not be able to feed the world but you can feed your neighbors. Wherever your passion lies, start an avalanche in that area of your life and watch how far it spreads.