Agent of Change

Ship's WheelHaving a disposition of readiness and desire to changing the status quo, making things better, fixing problems, overcoming shortcomings; making progress; asking why

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 necessarily good. Being an agent of change is a concept embracing the idea there are always things needing to be done, progress needing to be made and known problems needing to be fixed. All of us can benefit by having a commitment toward becoming agents of change for changing ourselves personally as well as changing things for the better in the world around us.

There is a well-known saying: “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 to one person is broken from the perspective of another. There are always plenty of things that need our attention including our very own issues that we should be working on. For many this can be a virtual bottomless pit. We will always have something about ourselves that needs to be improved. There will also always likely be an endless supply of issues, wrongs, and things that need improving in the world around us. Each of us should become the most committed to first fixing things that really need fixing about ourselves before we get too overly caught up in trying to make 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 seems to be speeding up as well. Change is coming at ever increasing speeds. Trying to ignore or escape from change it is not likely to ever be very pleasant. It is in our best interests to learn to be very resilient, adaptable, and able to stay on top of things as they are happening. Not all change is good; it requires paying attention, keeping our eyes, ears, and mind open and being aware of what is going on around us. We may very likely 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 definitely something you must manage. It is always 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 better 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 worldly ways and there is God’s way. The ways of the world are corrupted by impure motives, deceit, greed and so forth. God’s way is always based on truth and a spirit of love. We should always use love as the standard for gauging 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. With love in our hearts we are likely to be engaging in right activities.

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

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