Posts Tagged ‘personal choice’

You Can Change the World

September 23, 2008

I’ve been writing lately about how God’s will intersects with the free will of people. In my view, we do not dance on invisible strings manipulated by some higher puppeteer. A long time ago, our creator set up this whole thing, stepped back (just in case), and flipped the switch on. God started up the cosmic party bus, but left it up to us to figure out where to drive it.

God’s will handles the natural laws that govern matter, and the spiritual laws that govern life. But what occurs within this framework, which road the party bus takes, is determined by the free will of people. I believe that God chose to make it this way for a reason, and the reason has something to do with allowing his children to make their own mistakes. How else do children learn?

By default, the world is a safe place for us. If it is dangerous, it is because we have made it that way – step by step, inch by inch – by the destructive personal choices we have made. There is darkness, but the opposite is also true. There is beauty and light in the world, also brought about by the personal choices of people.

Because people are imbued with the ability to create and destroy, we have a tremendous power as well as a sobering responsibility. Mahatma Gandhi is credited with saying:

“Be the change you want to see in the world.”

If you want a kind world, be kind. If you want peace, love your neighbor. Some of us chase after God, thinking to find him in a building or in the pages of a dusty book. We travel great distances to a sacred temple or ancient wall, hoping to feel God’s breath, vital and real. Do you want to feel God’s breath on you? Then love someone.

I bet that right now, as you read this, you are in a unique position to help someone. Someone at work, a neighbor, a friend, whoever. There is something you can do to heal or encourage, something that nobody else can do as effectively as you can – all because of your unique situation.

Do you want to feel God? It’s easy! Just open your eyes, see the need, and jump right in there. Be the change you want to see in the world.