The following words were written on the tomb of an Anglican bishop in the crypts of Westminster Abbey:
When I was young and free and my imagination had no limits, I dreamed of changing the world. As I grew older and wiser, I discovered the world would not change, so I shortened my sights somewhat and decided to change only my country.
But it too seemed immovable.
As I grew into my twilight years, in one last desperate attempt, I settled for changing only my family, those closest to me, but alas, they would have none of it.
And now as I lay on my deathbed, I suddenly realize: If I had only changed myself first, then by example I would have changed my family. From their inspiration and encouragement, I would then have been able to better my country and, who knows, I may have even changed the world.
So, what is it about the world you think needs changing? Or, closer to home, about our country? Or perhaps at your work place, in our church, or in your family? God wants to start right where you are and change youfirst, as He Himself transforms you by the power of His Holy Spirit, as you make yourself available to Him. From there He’ll work in you and through you to change the world.
I pray that today you’ll allow His touch of grace to minister hope and peace to your heart and bring change to your life first. I pray that for myself too. Who knows, you and I–and Jesus Christ working in us–may even change the world!
I look forward to seeing you Sunday morning, and later that day at our Shelby Crossings gathering at Oak Mountain. It’s going to be a great day!
Have a blessed weekend.