The picture of Jesus we find in the early Christian scriptures can be a model
for us no matter what our particular faith tradition or philosophy. There we read about the life and teachings of one who saw and honored God in all things, boldly lived his truth, loved more broadly and deeply than his contemporaries, nonviolently challenged the stagnant institutions of his day and took responsibility for his world. And here, too, we see that one person can change the course of history.
Lord, that I may see.
Do I believe that one person can change the course of history? What are the implications for me?
When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” And he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. Then he began to say to them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.
What will you do with your wild and precious life?
You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world.
Human potential is amazing…We have the capacity to create a world that is peaceful…one that spreads kindness and love rather than hatred. If we believe it to be so, it will be our truth, and we will create it.”
We may not have the ability to change all of the world’s wrongs, but we can make a difference where we are.
Nelson Mandela Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.
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.