Changing the world, one heart at a time

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There’s so much unhappiness in the world today.  Unrest. Upheaval. Discontent. Reading a newspaper or watching the televised news is depressing because I am only one person and there doesn’t seem to be a way I can make everything better. Even group sit-ins and mob ‘occupations’ won’t help, because they don’t offer solutions, only complaints.

This is the beginning of autumn’s change for our Burning Bush. Eventually the colour will spread to every leaf, until the entire shrub will glow crimson.

Only God can change the world, and I believe he will do it one heart at a time, beginning with mine.

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“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth his handywork.” [
Psalm 19:1
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UPDATE

For those who wondered what a Burning Bush looks like in all it autumn glory, here’s a photo.
This isn’t my bush (which isn’t finished turning colour yet), but one I noticed recently on the way into town.

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13 thoughts on “Changing the world, one heart at a time

  1. It’s so easy to be overwhelmed by the problems and forget that God has the solution we need. Nothing is too big for Him to handle–but sometimes it’s the seed He plants in one heart that brings forth the fruit of change. Christ is the perfect example of one life that changed the entire world.

  2. Katt says:

    My friends used to tell me “You can’t change the world”. I know that, but we can change “one heart at a time”. That’s the way the Lord sends them to us, one at a time……
    Great post!

  3. How perfectly lovely, Carol. I also believe in one main truth … we are here for a reason and that reason is not to wait for the higher power to change those things that man created. We were given free will for the same reason. The concept of “Each One, Teach One,” or “It Takes A Villiage,” … one child, one day, one good thing at a time … multiplies and the world becomes a better place. Simple … all good things accumulate and create great good. All bad things accumulate and create evil.
    Thank you 🙂

  4. Jenn Hubbard says:

    I do think that demonstrations can help–not least by changing the conversation in the media and on Capitol Hill, by helping to determine which issues are on the front burner. Deficit spending became a front-burner issue because of demonstrations and political action; unemployment and economic inequality are becoming front-burner issues by that avenue as well.

    But that’s really an aside to your main message, of which that plant is a beautiful illustration.

  5. Hi to all, and thanks for your comments. I love reading them and seeing your response to my thoughts. Carol and Katt, Christ’s “One Solitary Life” and the transformations he accomplished should give us hope that change isn’t impossible. Florence,I wish I had confidence that each of the good steps would one day overcome all the bad ones, but until he comes again, I’m not so sure. Jenn, I agree the demonstrations are changing the conversation in the media. Here in Canada, however, it doesn’t seem like that conversation is making much of an impact in political circles. The ‘OccupyToronto’ and ‘OccupyVancouver’ demonstrations are petering out without any noticeable changes having been initiated. But maybe the conversations in themselves are a forward step.

  6. Beautifully said. I’ll throw my heart in there to be an instrument through which He changes the world.

  7. Oh, amen, Carol. What a fabulous bush – never heard of it or saw it before. Please post a picture of it when it’s all red – would love to see that!

  8. Thanks, Eileen. And Diana, I love our Burning Bush shrub and will definitely post a photo later when it’s finished changing colour.

  9. carla says:

    I shared this on my face book page..so good what you said!! and the song… thank you.sincerely, carla

  10. I’m always more obedience. I tend to inch my way up in that.

    Isn’t it wonderful to know that God still claims as Him even when we come to Him all blemished? Grace is a wonderful thing!

  11. I appreciate your feedback, Carla and Eileen. Yes, grace despite the blemishes… and that’s the basis of my next post, too.

  12. Oh.My.Goodness – SPECTACULAR. Thanks so much for this picture, Carol. And if this an imperfectly finished one, I might just die of delight at a fully done one. Glorious!

  13. Darlene says:

    What a beautifull bush. Fall sure does bless us with amazing colours to reassure us that life is wonderful, in spite of depressing news. Thanks for sharing Carol. I love your insight.

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