I want to make a challenge. It may seem negative at first, but hear me out…
I want to challenge us all to stop telling people to try to change the world.
We often tell others that they have the potential to change the world. I’ve been told this for a few years now, and the thought of actually taking a swing at transforming this place we call home is an overwhelming task that is quite intimidating to think about. It’s something we like to challenge others to do, but if asked how we would do it, I doubt many of us would be able to give a confident answer. This needs to change.
My challenge is actually the same as what you’ve heard—to inspire others to change the world, but I believe the way in which we do this needs to change.
So, how do we change the world?
I believe that if we teach people how to change their own lives, they will then better understand how to aid others in doing the same. With this new knowledge, they can then help to transform their families, their neighborhoods, and even entire communities! From that point, the possibilities are honestly endless, which includes changing the world!!!
A CEO of a Fortune 500 business most likely attributes his current position to his gradual climb to the top. His climb may have begun at the age of 7, selling lemonade on the side of the road, and the business model he discovered with his lemonade stand could’ve been applicable to other business as well. This led him to better understand marketing, production, and sales, the three major components to most businesses today. BUT it all started with the lemonade stand.
If you can perfect a small model, you can perfect a large one. Or in other words, if you can change yourself, you can change the world.
I know the thought of changing the world can be overwhelming, so take the time to learn how to perfect that small model, and once it is complete, scale it. Make it bigger and bigger. Then take the steps, lessons, and skills you learned, and apply them to an even bigger scale, until eventually that scale is big enough to encompass the world.
Just to put things into perspective…
The world is made up of nations, and nations of districts, and districts of cities, and cities of communities, and communities of neighborhoods, and neighborhoods of families, and families of individual people. Don’t view the world as anything more than it really is. This world…what it truly is, is people. By changing one person, you are changing the world!
So please, challenge people to change the world. But please, please don’t challenge them to change the world without first teaching them to change themselves.
You are a person. This world is made up of many persons. Change one person, you can change them all. Change yourself, you can change the world. Believe that.
“If you want to change the world, you must change your world first.” – Josh Robinson
How to change yourself
Christ is the head of the church. He will never change. His love is unshakable and He is perfect. The body (the church) does change. In fact, we should always be changing, because we are imperfect, and anything imperfect needs to change!
So, when I talk about a business model and I use the word “perfect”, I mean it very loosely, as Jesus is the only perfect One. But my point still stands that once the model is “perfected” it can be implemented in any situation, just as Christ can be in any culture, society, family, neighborhood, and any individual’s life to change them for good.
So, ultimately, the only One we should be changing into the likeness of is someone who is perfect and unchanging, and that person is Jesus Christ. And the only One we should be trying to help others become more like is someone who never changes nor needs to change, and that person is Jesus Christ!
And let me also say this…
You cannot change yourself into looking like Christ. Only Christ can do that. All you can do is submit to Him and let Him take care of the rest.
One more thing…
The video below shows us just how important it is that we commit ourselves to looking more like Christ and to help others do the same, and how we truly can change the world, one person at a time!