Matthew 6:10 (NRSV)
Your kingdom come. Your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give me one hundred men who fear nothing but sin and desire nothing but God, and I care not whether they be clergyman or laymen, they alone will shake the gates of Hell and set up the kingdom of Heaven upon the earth. – John Wesley
I said Somebody should do something about that. Then I realized I am somebody.
– Lily Tomlin
There are some things in our social system which I am proud to be maladjusted and to which I suggest that you, too, ought to be maladjusted. I never intend to adjust myself to the viciousness of mob-rule. I never intend to adjust myself to the evils of segregation and the crippling effects of discrimination. I never intend to adjust myself to the tragic inequalities of an economic system which takes necessities from the masses to give luxuries to the classes. I never intend to become adjusted to the madness of militarism and the self-defeating method of physical violence. I call upon you to be maladjusted… the world is in desperate need of maladjustment. Through such maladjustment we will be able to emerge from the bleak and desolate midnight of man’s inhumanity to man into the bright glittering daybreak of freedom and justice. – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
You must be the change you wish to see in the world. -Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
Birju Pandya believes there are 4 ideas you have to believe if you seek to “be the change you wish to see in the world”:
- Real change requires patience: It takes time to move others through love (rather than by carrot or stick), but the results are real and lasting.
- Real change is decentralized/local: The revolution will not be provided by governments or corporations.
- Real change cannot be traditionally measured: We are a society that believes strongly in measurable cause and effect. However, the world doesn’t work that way — each result is born of millions of conscious and unconscious acts.
- Real change is never complete: Each person in society is a seeker. As nobody has all the answers, it is incumbent on all of us to humbly support each other in being better people.
Is there some part of you that has become bound—that recognizes what is holy and craves its blessing, but fears the change that would be involved? Is there a habit, a belief, a relationship, an aspect of your life that has you in its grip that confines you, that limits the freedom with which you move through this world—perhaps without your even realizing it? Can you imagine what release would look like? Is there a destructive force at work in a person or system or institution you’re connected with, that you might be called to engage? Can you identify a first step that would help you confront what confines you or those around you?- Jan Richardson, The Painted Prayerbook
May the Spirit of Life move you from apathy to action,
from observing to doing, from despair to hope.
May the Spirit of life bless you
with both the pain and the joy of change –
the change the world needs,
the change for which you pray,
the change you are becoming through Jesus Christ.
– Sam Hamilton-Poore, Earth Gospel: A Guide to Prayer for God’s Creation
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