August 8

Reflection

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.
Michael Dowd

Prayer

Lord that I may see.

Action

Do I believe that one person can change the course of history?
What are the implications for me?

Suggested Reading

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.”
Luke 4:16-21

What will you do with your wild and precious life?
Mary Oliver

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
Margaret Mead

Be the change that you wish to see in the world.
Mahatma Gandhi

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.
Harriet Tubman

Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.
Apple Inc.

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.
Barack Obama

I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.
Mother Teresa

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
Edmund Burke

Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.
Malala Yousafzai

You change the world by being yourself.
Yoko Ono

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