Life is complicated. The world’s problems are extremely complex. But what if you could help solve the world’s problems? What if you were a world changer? Seems rather daunting, doesn’t it? Me? Change the World? I used to feel like an ostrich, burying my head in the sand and trying to ignore all the evil in the world, because there wasn’t anything I could do. Do you feel the same way?
I found myself thinking I wasn’t doing anything significant or worthwhile in this world because I wasn’t working in refugee camps or stopping genocides. I felt that I wasn’t “changing the world” because I hadn’t done something “major” to help the world. I used to think “changing the world” consisted only of really big sweeping movements that made lasting change the world over.
I would think of actions worthy of being written in the history books. I would think of becoming a missionary or rebuilding a city after a natural disaster. Although these examples do indeed change the world, when you really get down to it, to “change the world” means to make a change to better one person’s world. By helping one person feel special, loved, and important, you are changing the world, one person at a time. Not only does that mean you are not insignificant, but it means that you can, in fact, change someone’s world every single day. We just need to change our mind about what it means to change the world!
I have started calling myself a “world changer.” It felt awkward at first, but slowly, I have started to believe it again and you can too. Before this powerful realization, I had started to take the Ostrich Strategy. No, I didn’t stick my head in the sand. (Ostriches don’t really stick their head in the sand; they’d suffocate just like you and I would if we tried that!) When an ostrich is frightened, it will either run away or it will lie down low and stretch their necks out along the ground in front of them, as flat as they can, in the hopes that they will blend in.
Running away or lying low in an attempt to go unnoticed and then hoping the world gets better is not an effective strategy for change. Actively changing your own world in order to change the rest of the world is. Changing your world will change the world.
You are doing great things each day. You make the world a better place each time you serve or love someone else. Then those people you serve will share that love with others, starting a ripple of love. As more and more ripples form, aided by the winds of time, they will create a virtual storm of love that will crash along the shores of humanity, washing away the evil and the rough edges, leaving a new shoreline, a new world.
Changing the world starts at home within ourselves and our families, expanding out with the ripple effect, creating a storm and changing the world for one person at a time with each kind word and act of love given to a stranger or friend. One act or grand gesture alone won’t change the whole world, but it can change the world for someone, who will change it for someone else, who will change is for someone else, and on and on. Changing the world starts at home. It starts with you.
If you believe you are insignificant and that your efforts are not enough, you will be unhappy and the world will suffer by missing out on all the good that you have to offer. But, if you realize you have great power and a responsibility to touch another person’s life each day, resulting in world-changing ripples of love, you will be starting a storm that changes the world.
So stop being an ostrich. Choose to act. Take the world by storm instead!