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 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 have then 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, or in our church, or in your family? God wants to start right where you are and transform you first, and from there He’ll work in you and through you to change your world.
This week, I’m beginning a new series of messages at Shelby Crossings, which I’m calling “Life…On Purpose.” We’ll be specifically discussing how each of us, by God’s grace and by this power of the Holy Spirit, can live our lives with intentionality and purpose to see our lives change for the better in the year ahead. I hope you’ll join us this Sunday, and for all the weeks that follow, and my prayer is that you’ll allow the Lord to transform your life first. Who knows, you may even change the world!
Have a blessed weekend. I hope to see you Sunday.