Jim walked into the small town grocery store, a bundle of tracts in his hand. He looked around, found the tract rack and saw it was almost empty. He dropped the tracts in his had on the counter and went out to his car to get more.
The clerk was reading one of the tracts when he returned. “Don’t read that!” he said. “Unless you want to change your life.”
She looked up at him, smiling. “Doesn’t everybody want to change their life?”
I’ve pondered that for a long time. I don’t think we do. We want our life to be different, but it’s other people and the circumstances of my life that need to change. I am not the problem here, my life will never change unless someone else makes some changes in the way they treat me.
It’s like banging my head against a brick wall. I get a headache, the wall is just the same, has no idea why anyone would expect it to change.
One day God says “You are the problem. You need to change.”
That’s ridiculous. I’m doing the best anyone could hope to do when he has to live and work around all these turkeys.
God persists. I begin to see little things where I might have said things differently, done things differently. But what would that really help? The turkeys are the real problem.
One day things go really badly, and I know that I caused this problem. A light goes on. “OK God, I don’t know how to get out of this mess I’ve made. Please help me.”
Nothing great happens, except I’m a little calmer, now. After a few days I realize that the turkeys don’t seem much like turkeys anymore; they’re pretty much the same as me. I even start to like them. I don’t often see them making mistakes any more but my own mistakes are becoming painfully obvious. I find myself saying “I’m sorry” quite often. I never used to do that.
One morning I realize that I am looking forward to the day, the little interactions that I might have with all those interesting people around me. Something has changed, and it’s not them. I am different, but it is God who has made the difference in me. I didn’t have a clue where to begin.
Do you want to change the world?
So does God.
He wants to begin with you.