Happy New Year! Any world-changing resolutions? The beautiful thing about changing the world is that it doesn’t take a massive resolution. Rather, changing the world results from little decisions we make every day, as long as we make them with purpose and consistency. While this is true, sometimes it does take a big life change to become a world-changer to the best of one’s ability. So, for this week’s post, I want to talk about a few people who chose to change something big and scary about their life, and the result was incredible. I am hoping that this inspires all of us to step FAR outside of our comfort zone in order to show God’s love to a world that so desperately needs to feel it.
Eleanor Roosevelt changed her mind about retiring from public life after the death of her husband. The result was that she played a critical role in the drafting and eventual adoption by many nations of the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This document has opened discussion and perpetuated change in a variety of historical human rights crises.
Martin Luther made a bold move by nailing the 95 theses to the door of a church. It was a move he knew could cost him his livelihood. However, this conviction-driven choice led to the protestant reformation and some serious reforms in the Catholic church.
Lastly, my mom chose to quit her job and sell her nice house and car last April. Now, she is volunteering full time at a community that welcomes and provides extensive social services to refugees resettling in the US.
I hope these people inspire you, as they have inspired me, to make very difficult and bold choices that can change the world. Whether you feel led to significantly downsize and reduce your cost of living for the sake of generosity or the environment, or maybe quit your day job and devote your time to helping others. I would encourage you to pray and determine your purpose and how your life can best reflect that.
I am trying to do this through spending 15 minutes in prayer each day, and writing down one thing I am thankful for each day. I believe that these practices will more closely align my entire life with my purpose of glorifying God.