Summary: Change is possible...we can be different.
I. The Possibility of Change
A. Two Questions
I’d like to ask you two questions this morning, and the first question is this:
Have you ever gotten up and wished things could be different? I mean, have you ever thought about some problem in your building, your neighborhood, in your community…and wished that it could change? Well, it can. Bad things can be changed. Difficult circumstances can be changed for good. Things that look hopeless can sometimes be altered entirely when they are met with people who bring an infusion of hope.
You see, people can make a difference. You might think that’s a strange statement to open a Sunday morning message with, but its true none-the-less. People can make a difference. You can bring change…good and lasting change…to your world and the world around you. You can be a change-agent!
Stories abound of those people who grew tired of things as they were, and decided that they were going to help make things different…better. There are neighborhoods in cities that were havens of drugs, riddled with violence…and then ordinary people got sick and tired of things as they were. I read of one grandmother who began to plant flowers outside of her home…of citizens who began to scrub graffiti from walls…even of groups of citizens who began putting reverse pressure on drug dealers, eventually driving them out. And in all of the stories like these I’m left with a feeling of hope, and a feeling of certainty that people can make a difference. You can be a change-agent!
Being a change agent is a power that’s granted by God. When God first created humanity, He gave to human beings authority over their environment. That authority means that human beings are granted the right and responsibility by God to effect change in their world. Bringing change is nothing less than humanity’s manifestation of the creative power of God…it is us exercising the vestigial remnants of the Divine nature that created us. The desire to change things and the ability to engage ourselves in the process of change is God given. People can make a difference, and you can be a change-agent.
Now I’d like to ask you the second question. It’s similar to the first, only the focus of the question is different. I’ve already asked you if you’ve ever wished things could be different, if you’ve ever wished that things could change. Now I’d like to ask you this:
Have you ever gotten up in the morning and wished that you could be different? Have you ever experienced the realization that you weren’t very happy with yourself as you were, and that there were things you wanted desperately to alter about your life? Have you ever reached the place where you looked yourself in the mirror and thought, “I don’t like you very much. I don’t like the person you’ve become. I don’t like the way you act. I don’t like the way you treat other people. And I don’t like the way you feel inside.” Have you ever looked yourself in the mirror and wished that you could change?