Change is a hot topic in politics and religion. It pretty much always has been. Change is a hot topic for a lot of people in a lot of life situations: loss, marriage, birth, divorce, new job, empty nest, aging, relocation, just to name a few. I remember hearing someone years ago say that the only ones who fully welcome changes are babies. Diaper-wearing babies! Hmmm, I think there is some truth in that thought. So this week's words of inspiration on the kathleenagreen.com website have given me reason to pause, reflect, and act: "Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I'm changing myself."
Changing the world has always been appealing to me and I've always thought that by joining forces with other like-minded people such change was undoubtedly possible. I've also always known it would be hard work but it's why I went into professional ministry a decade ago. It's the kind of change that excites, inspires, and motivates me. I think there are a lot of people who feel similarly and they're not members of the clergy. We all hear it from politicians, ad nauseam: "We need change and I'm the one who's going to make it happen." Oooh, I can think of several politicians that would benefit from concentrating on the changes needed in themselves before they go off on the "change the world" tour! And are any of us really any different? Sure, we hope so, but ..... I can't help but wonder how impactful anyone's efforts will be if there is not a willingness to make personal changes.
Change can be difficult when we'd rather keep the status quo alive and well. Change can be challenging when it requires a truth that we'd rather not have to deal with. Change can be painful when it stretches our thinking, our habits, our lifestyle, and we'd much rather stick with the comfort of what we know and have come to accept. This goes for both changing the world and changing ourselves! So how about we take the time we need to focus on today and the wisdom it takes to be self-aware? I am re-committing myself to the task. Today.
Look forward to walking the path of change with you and then changing the world together. Ready, set, go!
I had hoped to post once a week, and did for a short time. Unfortunately, my doctorate research and other obligations have taken priority over the blog. BUT, I will return soon! Some postings may be articles I've written for publication, messages I've delivered in congregational settings, or excerpts from papers written in my doctoral classes.