Agent of Change

Agent of Change:  having a disposition of readiness and outlook toward changing the status quo, making things better, fixing problems, overcoming shortcomings

If you have always done it that way, it is probably wrong. Charles Kettering

They say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself. Andy Warhol

If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain.  Maya Angelou

   Some degree of change is a good thing. Changing for change sake is not such a good thing. Being an agent of change is a concept that embraces the idea that there are always things that need to be done, progress that needs to made and known problems that need to be fixed. Each of us can benefit by having a sense of commitment toward becoming an agent of change, both for changing ourselves personally as well as changing things for the better in the world around us.

   There is a well known saying that says “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. Whether something is broken or not sometimes is in the eye of the observer. What may be acceptable and okay for one person is broken from the perspective of another. There are always plenty of things that need our attention. We have our own issues that we should be working on. For many this could be a bottomless pit. We will always have something about ourselves that needs fixing. There will likely always be an endless supply of issues, wrongs, and things that need improving in the world around us. Each of us should be most committed to first fixing what needs fixing about ourselves before we get overly caught up in making the world a better place. The more that is right about us the better we are in position to help make this world a little better as well.

    The world is getting smaller and as a result things are speeding up. Change is coming at ever increasing speed. Trying to ignore or escape from it is not likely to be very pleasant. It is in our best interests to learn to be resilient, adaptable, and able to stay on top of things as they happen. Not all change is good; it requires paying attention, keeping our eyes, ears, and mind being open and being aware of what is going on around us. We may find ourselves witnessing efforts to make changes that are going to be for the worse, not the better, pushing us in wrong directions. Someone else’s concept of change may be contrary to what we see as for the best. The saying “act or be acted upon” applies. We may even be required to becomes agents of “resistance to change” when those changes are definitely not for the better.

Challenge:  Your attitude toward change is something you must manage. It is better to choose what happens in your life rather than just reacting. You can either act or react to life’s circumstances. Choose to be in control of your thoughts and actions. Be aware of the changes you need to make. Be aware of the changes that are going on around you. Become an agent of change in such a way that you add quality to your life.

Wisdom: Some men see things as they are and say, “Why?” I dream of things that never were and say, “Why not?” George Bernard Shaw

Spiritual: (NIV)

To the man who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness. Eccl. 2:26

The fruit of righteousness will be peace….; Isaiah 32:17

His God instructs him and teaches him the right way. Isaiah 28:26

There are the ways of the world and then there is God’s way. The ways of the world are as often as not, corrupted by impure motives, corruption, greed and so forth. God’s way is always based on a spirit of love. We should always use love as the standard to gauge not only our own motives but the motives of those around us. Anything not done in a spirit of love should be suspect and questioned.

Prayer: Help me to overcome my selfish ways and to learn to have a more loving attitude.

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