Today I am beginning a series of three “Inspiring Good” posts that will go hand in hand, all in the context of being or becoming a world-changer.
Get ready, you are going to read that term a lot around here!
So why change the world? That sounds impossible. In essence it would be impossible. If we were to wake up one morning and decide, “I’m going to change the world today,” it just wouldn’t happen. Not because one person is insignificant. No, one person is enough. But the reason it would be impossible and improbable is because step #1 isn’t to change the world; step #1 is to change yourself. Yes, that’s right, you. It all begins with you, with the one. Before you can effectively make any change or impact, you yourself must first be impacted.
Something must impact you in such a way that motivates you to act. It may be an experience, a run in with death, an ah-ha moment. Something must move you so deeply that you have no choice but to step out. Here is an example of two families that were impacted in such a way that they could do nothing but step out and change their world.
In January of this year two police officers (Nicholas Dees & Kevin Burch) were investigating an automobile accident on the side of the highway. The situation was under control. Cars continued to fly down the highway unaffected by the incident. One young man was cruising, perhaps enjoying his favorite station on the radio. He hears a ding. Without thinking twice, he picks up his phone to view his notifications. He gets distracted. A wall post, a picture like, a status update, that is all it took, to take a life. He didn’t even see the accident being cleaned up on the side of the highway, only the new accident that had just occurred. Officer Dees died on location, while Officer Burch was severely injured. For both the Dees and the Burch family, life would never be the same.
That was the incident that impacted them so deeply it changed them from the inside out. They knew something had to be done. Something had to change. Life could not go on as it had. On Tuesday, May 5th Governor Mary Fallin signed a bill making it illegal to text and drive in the state of Oklahoma, all because of these families stepping out and leading the way to change. While their experience is tragic, it made them into world-changers. They would forever be changed by the events that transpired that January day, but now, so will all Oklahomans.
Before we can change the world, we must first be changed ourselves. Go ahead, step out. You are a world-changer in the making.
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Dalayna is the founder of Kyrie Coffee and creator of kyriecoffee.wordpress.com. She is a youth pastor by trade and Christ-follower at heart. She is passionate about impacting the world with the message of Jesus and inspiring change in lives and in the world however possible. Dalayna loves coffee, adventures, criminal shows, Taylor Swift, creating, growing, and people.