BE THE CHANGE
Yesterday morning the pastor at Fellowship Bible Church of Dallas put on a clinic. You know what I mean? He laid it down. Spoke the truth. And, I don’t think one human left there uninspired or not in deep thought about what they need to do more of in and for their faith.
He was preaching from 2 Timothy where Paul is, basically, urging Timothy to live out the faith that’s been handed down to him in such a way that it inspires others to live in and for Christ. And, then he posed this question… “If someone was following your example, what would their life look like?” Oh, geez. What would their life look like if they were following me? Well, they’d eat a lot of RoRo’s Cinnamon Rolls. They’d always carry some sort of lip balm. They’d make lists with some things that have already been done and check them off so that they would have a little momentum built into their to-do’s. And, the list goes on.
My point here is that if this is the only type of example I’m setting, we’ll have bellies full of sweet rolls, well moisturized lips and dwindling to do lists. But, how deep is that? How will that really impact the life of the one following and those that follow their example? Now, as an aside, I do want to make clear that RoRo’s Cinnamon rolls are somewhat life changing (and, local and available at Central Market and Whole Foods frozen section). But, I started thinking, I want to be more. Yes, I want to see more of the change that I view as being necessary in this world. And, if I want to see it, I must be it (sweet Jesus, I’m channeling my inner Ghandi here). Why? Because, whether we know it or not, someone is always watching, learning, and, often, following our example. And, if that’s the case, Lord knows, I want to be a good one.
In this rocky political landscape, we’ve all witnessed some straight up ugliness. I mean, “put a bag over it” kind of ugly. We sit behind our smart phones and computers and lay bare our innermost opinions. And, while we want everything and everyone to be inclusive, those with unlike beliefs are often excluded. If you vote for this or that candidate, then you’re x, y and z. It’s all black and white with absolutely no gray in between. When I think of some of the things I’d like to see more of in the world, acceptance comes to mind.
I understand that we’re not all going to agree all the time, but we can accept a difference in opinion. And, instead of being divisive, we can learn to be more diplomatic. It’s amazing what we can learn from one another when we’re open to the thoughts and experiences and opinions of others. The more open we are, the more hope for change there will be.
In order to be the change, I must think about what type of example I want to be and diligently pursue living it out. In seeking more acceptance, I’m going to strive to live out a life that models just that. And, hopefully, inspire someone to do the same. Our examples have a ripple effect, we must never forget that.
What will it be for you? What change are you already or will you be in this precious world we live in?