He was full of exuberance, boldness, and confidence as a young man. He was ready to take on the world. His mantra was “Let me at ‘em.” He lifted this prayer to heaven: “Lord, give me the energy to change the world!”
Time passed. As he approached middle age, he had lowered his sights a bit. Now he prayed: “Lord, give me the wisdom to change all those who come into my life. If I can just change my family and my friends, I will be content.”
Time passed. As he grew older, he realized his days were numbered. Then he prayed, “Lord, give me the grace to change myself.” He thought to himself, “If I had prayed this prayer at the beginning, my life would have counted for much more.”
It is still amazing what God can do with one life transformed by His grace. Change matters most when it occurs in your life and mine. I may not be able to change the world, but I can have an impact on my world. We are called to let the life-changing power of the Holy Spirit, the same power that raised Christ from the dead, to flow through us. Paul, a man who knew what a changed-life really looked like, wrote to the Romans: “Do not be conformed by this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect” (Romans 12:2).
We begin a new series entitled “The Power of One” at Wieuca (wieuca.org) – learning from the lives of some known and some not-so-well-known characters in the Bible. You and I get one chance at this – one life to live.
What would you ask God for today?