You wanna change the world. I wanna change the world.
As the great poets in Tears For Fears once taught us, “Everybody Wants To Change The World”…or maybe it was rule the world…I can’t remember. Anyway.
Most of us live on a quest to make a difference. To do something special. To be significant.
So let’s fast forward and think about the implications.
Let’s say you live on fire. You’re pumped about your faith, and people know about it. And not in any weird or off-putting ways.
You make a huge difference. You never miss out on an opportunity. You’re always there when someone needs you.
And sure, there’s that nagging voice telling you that you could be home more often…that you’re neglecting some things, but you’re taking your faith seriously, and it’s making a difference. So you press on.
Let’s even say that you die, go to Heaven, and get to stand at the gates and watch people walk in. And on that day, a full 2,000 people stop on their way into Heaven and thank you. One by one, they tell you that you’re the reason they’re there. YOU made all the difference for them.
But on that day, the 2 kids God entrusted to your care, the ones who grew up in your house, they’re nowhere to be found.
You see, your passion to make a difference everywhere in the world kept you from being the best you could be at home.
You change eternity for 2,000 but miss 2 along the way.
I don’t think that works out in God’s math. I don’t think He’d be pleased.
I don’t think there’s a number high enough to make up for failure at home.
Change the world. Be awesome. Do something significant.
Just remember that it all begins at home.
[and for extra-special-super-cool bonus points…what if you just took the family WITH on your quest to change the world…you might find that you alter eternal destinies for BOTH the 2 AND the 2,000…]