Sometimes to wind down at night I'll put in a favorite movie flick after the kids have gone to bed. Right now I'm working my way through the Lord of the Rings trilogy once again. Last night I finished up the Fellowship of the Ring. As I was watching the movie for the umpteenth time I caught a line that I had never heard before that sparked my interest.
"Even the smallest person can change the course of the future."
I love the idea that the future isn't set in stone. Biblically speaking, the beginning of time and the end of time are written, but I believe that the middle is left up to us to co-author with our Creator. I believe that the choices we make affect not only ourselves, but the world around us. For example, if you choose to recycle, I believe you choose a brighter future for our world. If you choose not to participate in recycling, you choose ignorance, but your choice is still affecting the future, this time it's only in a negative fashion.
There are many theologians and people in our world that would argue that the choices you and I make don't really affect the world or God at work in it. While that may be true in some cases, I refuse to believe the gift of life is nothing more than an illusion. If the way we choose to live here on earth didn't matter...why bother giving us the gift of life in the first place??
The truth is that even the smallest person can change the world. Take my son Cannon, for example. He came into our lives at 4lbs 9oz. This little man changed our lives and our world for sure. And his life represents the opportunity for more change in the future.
As a dad I believe that my children have the power to affect change in our world. As a man, I know that I have the opportunity each day to engage change and direct hope in the world around me. I have a choice each day to wake up and influence life and the world for good, influence it for the worse, or fall into the trap of ignorance.
One thing is for sure. God trusted humanity with the truth about His love for the world. And part of this truth includes the power to change and to partner with God's rhythm and design for life.
Stop thinking the world is too big to change and begin believing that even the smallest of us can affect change. Our world needs some help...it's time to change.