Monday, March 22, 2010

Change them; Change yourself

"The most difficult matter is not so much to change the world as yourself." Nelson Mandela.

I'm pretty sure Nelson Mandela is considered neither a cowboy nor a wimp (see previous post). He is a powerfully brave man who endured terrible adversity with love and compassion. He won over his captors during his almost 30 years in prison. When he was released, he led his country to reconciliation. It appears to me that he accomplished that by changing himself which inspired others. Because he is who he is, he is an authority on love and compassion in adversity. No one argues with him. So, then, how can we change the world by changing ourselves - using his example?

1 comment:

Jim said...

Perhaps God has provided a new way in his Son? Maybe Jesus did the work already and Nelson Mandela participated in the reconciling work of the cross?

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