If you could change anything about the world, what would it be?
A question like that goes hand in hand with who do you want to be? Doesn’t it? Not everyone has the opportunity to do whatever they want, but when it comes down to it, I’m pretty sure that most people can do most things. Therefore, what we want to do should address, to the best of our ability, how we want to affect the world.
There are a couple of really cool ways of thinking about what we are “meant to do” that I’ve ran into in the past few years:
1. God has a specific plan for each and every one of us. It is the best plan for us, whether we want it at the moment or not.
2. God will not ask us to do what we do not want to do. We should enjoy what we do. Think of the “extreme” case of being a priest: a guy who really didn’t want to be a priest would be a horrible priest. That can’t possibly be what God wants that man to do. God has placed desires in our hearts that correspond with what we are meant to do.
3. Where in the world do you see the most need? Where in your heart do you feel most called to? We are called to serve in places of need.
4. What are your talents? What are you comfortable doing? Where do you most feel like yourself and enjoy yourself?
God created us not so that we could just enjoy life but to share our lives with others too (which is actually just as enjoyable most of the time, if not more)!
Getting back to my original question.. what would I change about the world? There are a lot of things worth changing, but if I could address one critical thing, I think it would be reintroducing people to God. I think that a lot of issues that we see today are because people do not know Jesus and are not grounded in faith. This poverty leads people to seek short term solutions to things that are often the “easy way out” and backfire. We see this in all of the “big problems,” drugs, prostitution, fathers leaving their family, corruption, etc.
I’ll make the claim that knowing and having a relationship with Jesus will make you more: loving, selfless, happy, hopeful, charitable, friendly, peaceful, respectful, especially towards the opposite sex, steadfast in your beliefs, trustworthy, industrious, confident, courageous, bold, and faithful.
Give me a handful of people who uphold these values and we WILL change the world. See, with making a difference, the only lasting change is change that starts at the foundation. Changing the world (which I love to talk about) won’t actually happen unless PEOPLE are changed. The best way to change people? Introduce them to the God who is their maker, lover, and savior who gives them purpose and meaning. That’s why it is a goal of mine to introduce as many people as I can to Jesus while I am alive.
So what do you think? What would you change about the world?