Faces on Faith: Time for a change
Many of us resolved to make some changes in 2015.
Some of those changes are personal and individual, and some of them are more far reaching.
Singer Taylor Swift made this statement as the New Year rolled in, “This is a new year a new beginning. And things will change.”
Admittedly, I sort of chuckled when I heard that. Of course things will change, but what of our role in giving direction to those changes?
We can make a positive difference in the world.
Mother Teresa, a humble Christian servant said, “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”
We all can make a difference. I have admired President Obama’s passion for change and the challenge for every person to take responsibility in that change.
I affirm the words he spoke as he sought election to become our first African American president, “Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”
January 19th, we will pause and remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a man who made a differencewho had a dream for change.
Dr. King said, “Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom.”
While we have made great strides to put an end to prejudice and discrimination, it has become obvious in these last few months that we have much further to go on this journey.
But before we set out to change the world, could we pause and consider how we might first be changed ourselves?
The Russian author and philosopher Leo Tolstoy said, “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” Centuries ago, Socrates in his wisdom said, “Let him who would move the world first move himself.”
The person who brought the greatest change to humanity came not to change systems, economies and politics, but He came to change human heartsone heart at a time.
That person was Jesus Christ. He said, “I have come that you might have lifeand that more abundantly.”
He declared and lived a way of love, self-sacrifice and forgiveness. But He was much more than an advocate of change.He is the agent of change.
He said, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.”
He is not a wise philosopher who lived, but a resurrected redeemer who lives continuing to change lives today.
Pope John Paul II wrote this: “It is Jesus that you seek when you dream of happiness; He is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you; It is Jesus who stirs in you the desire to do something great with your lives.”
And I would only add, it is Jesus who forgives, who fulfills and who affords us an eternal future.real change that brings only good to all who are touched by it.