Be the Change You Want to See


Contributed by Board Member, The Rev. Philip Hardwick

At Starbucks yesterday I overheard a couple of men talking about how terrible the world is. The conversation was very depressing. I left the coffee shop thinking about what they said and then I drove behind a car with a bumper sticker that said, “Be the change that you want to see in the world.” I think that’s a quote attributed to Gandhi. Let’s think about that for a moment. . . “Be the change that you want to see in the world.”

Do we want a peaceful outer world?  We must reconcile our inner world. Are we sick and tired of cynicism and negativity out there? We must cultivate hope in here. Do we wish to find stillness in the world? We must find the calm within ourselves. Do we want others to be more loving toward us? We must choose to love first.

Richard Rohr says, “Transformed people transform people, and usually only as far as they themselves have been transformed. So the best thing you can do for your family and the world is to keep growing up yourself.”

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace;
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.


O Divine Master,
Grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console;
To be understood, as to understand;
To be loved, as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive,
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
And it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.


~ Prayer attributed to St. Francis of Assisi