“Change the world”. It sounds like a great idea. But to be honest, I doubt that anything I might say or do will have any impact on it at all. I mean, I am only one person. In the grand scheme of things, I am a small piece of the puzzle and I am not influential or able to make much of a difference. What good could someone as insignificant as me make in the world? Who would even care? What difference would it possibly make?
Have you ever felt that? Do you feel that way now?
For most of us, we simply feel the defeat of insignificance when it comes to having an impact on the world or creating the change that we would like to see.
But there is something inside of me that knows that this is not completely true. There is a part of me (and I would guess that this may be in you as well) that believes that we actually CAN make a difference and create change in our world.
In fact, there is a model of how this can work that has stood the test of time. It is a way that average, ordinary, insignificant people can be used to do big things.
Change Starts With Us
A little over 2,000 years ago, there was a man who wanted to change the world. He grew up in a tiny, obscure village in a tiny, seemingly insignificant country. But he had a dream that love and mercy and goodness and grace could truly change the world. Of course, his name was Jesus Christ.
Jesus, regardless of your thoughts about his claims of deity, was a visionary. Very few would argue this point. He was, by all accounts, a very humble man with no earthly advantages that would give him the ability to sway the masses or convince people to listen to him or do what he did. In fact, it was just the opposite.
But he had an idea.
A vision of how to create the change that he knew was possible. In fact, the reason you know of him today – over 2,000 years later – is because of this vision. How did he do it? What was his plan? It was quite simple actually:
Change the hearts of twelve ordinary, average, insignificant men.
That was it.
At first glance, this seems foolish and crazy. How in the world could twelve ordinary men change the world? What could they possibly do to make that happen? More to the point of today’s conversation, how could this model of still work today for you and me?
The answer is quite simple. Multiplication.
It’s a simple matter of math.
You see, when twelve people change their hearts in a radical way, it doesn’t impact society a whole lot. But when twelve men help twelve more to do the same it starts to create ripples that spread throughout the world. Here’s how it looks.
12 ordinary men reached their family and friends with the message of love.
Their family and friends did the same.
The process repeated and spread throughout the world.
Now today, you and I know about this incredible message because of the ripples of 12 changed hearts.
That was it. That was the master plan. Jesus was one man who came to change the world. He shared that dream of what life could look like and it changed twelve men forever. Those twelve believed that it was a message worth spreading and they multiplied it over and over again wherever they went.
So here’s my point:
We all feel quite small when it comes to changing the world. We all ask, ‘What good could one person like me possibly do?‘. But now you see (I hope) what you and I being a force of good in the world could do. We can be agents of change in our world with this same, exact model of multiplication. You and I can still make a difference.
Be the Change
So change. That’s where it starts.
Change the way you treat your spouse and encourage someone else to do the same.
Change the way you treat people who don’t look like you, believe like you, live like you, or think like you. Treat them the way you would like to be treated.
Change the way you handle adversity and conflict and racism and greed.
Change the way you love others.
Change the way you share and give.
Change the way you speak and do the average, everyday type of stuff.
Change the way you talk about others when they’re not around.
Change the way you work and do your job.
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Who knows, maybe you’ll just change the world!
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