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Change Yourself, Change the World

Posted Jul 31 2011 10:03am
“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” 
-Leo Tolstoy
When you think of making a difference in the world, what do you see yourself doing? What type of person do you need to be to accomplish this? If you attempted to change the world right now, what would hold you back? It’s important to think about the things that hold us back in order for us to push them aside. I realize I may sound like I am contradicting myself from my previous posts. I know I say all the time that we need to avoid comparing ourselves to those around us. God made us the way we are for a reason. BUT. Are we perfect? I can’t speak for anyone else, but I’ll speak for myself and say that I am far from perfect. In order for me to be the best version of myself, there are many aspects of my life that need to change. Our potential to change the world is limited by our willingness to change ourselves. Our flaws, our imperfections, our fears, our failures, our insecurities, our weaknesses... these all serve a purpose in making us who we are. Our journey to overcome our weaknesses is what truly defines us. If we never address our fears, failures, and imperfections, how will we ever refine the person we have the potential to be?  We are all unique and we need to embrace our individuality, but our differences may not necessarily be our inadequacies. It’s important to note that if we perceive the traits that make us unique as imperfection, we will never utilize our God-given gifts. So how do we tell the difference between what makes us who we are, and what is holding us back from becoming who God wants us to be? I believe one way to understand the difference is to look at what dictates our decisions. When we give our personal interest precedence over God’s desire for our lives, we fail to take full advantage of His provision for us. Have you ever felt that there was something you needed to do? You know that tugging on your heart that we so often ignore? I know I’ve had this happen before and I’ve justified ignoring it by saying “well that’s completely against my personality and God gave me this personality so I don’t think I need to do it...” My personal interest in this situation was my fear of stepping outside of my comfort zone, and this held me back from possibly impacting the world around me. When we are unwilling to change ourselves, we will fail to make the impact on the world that God has planned for us. So look at the different aspects of your life. Do these aspects of who you are serve to better the world around you? Or do they serve to better YOUR world? Do your actions, which reflect who you are, positively impact the lives of those around you? Or do they simply make you feel better about yourself? Change yourself- the inherent traits, present in all of us, which compel you to neglect the greater good- and I guarantee you will see changes in the world around you. 
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