The world as we know it today has been formed by the
influence and effect of individuals, men and women
just like ourselves. Similarly, our words and actions will
form the world of tomorrow. When you begin to affect
what you can affect, then you begin to have an effect.
This may all sound very simple—and that’s because it
is. If you want the world to change, you must do everything
within your power to make those changes come
A wise man was once asked, “What do you think
most needs to change in the world?” He replied, “I do.”
Most people do not consider themselves perfect, yet
even though we recognize our need to change and grow,
we often do not take a single step toward doing so.
We are held back by our fear of the unknown. We are
scared of what we might become if we change. Absurd
as it may sound, we are scared of the very thing for
which we were created: our fulfillment. We are cautious
about abandoning what we do and what we have (even
if these are self-destructive) because we have found
in these things some sense of security. Sadly, however,
these are also what hold us prisoner to our limitations.
Many of us are scared to dream for fear that we
might be disappointed. It is like a young woman who
prays and dreams every day for that special young man
to come into her life; then when he finally does, she becomes
hesitant and wary, sometimes to the point that
this confuses him and he walks away. She has focused
on the fact that one day he might leave. Sometimes we
are too hesitant to let our dreams become realities. And
what she has focused on comes true.
From A Call to Joy
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