“Radical change is achievable and, at times, done with small moves.”
I was in mid conversation with Craig Poole, businessman and general manager of a Hilton Hotel under construction in the city, as “Gimme Shelter” played over the Peanut Bar’s sound system. We were talking about how changes are made. Mr. Poole walks Penn Street and visits local businesses. He meets with owners about the future.
He finds a bench in the rough part of town and stops to talk with people, much like he does with me.
“People will ask me about what I do and how they can do it. I say it is nothing crazy. The seat I sit in will be empty tomorrow.”
What does radical change look like for you?
At my lowest points, it was simply holding hands with Val. The motion pushed me back to living and chipped away at the emotional walls I had built. If it feels like you are looking up from the bottom of a well, start small.
Find the first stone that provides a foothold.
If your faith has become routine, look for the next empty seat. Go to an outreach program. Volunteer an hour on a Saturday to serve. Assess your community and support the good things that are happening.
Radical change happens with a shift in:
Think of a better future. Act on the thoughts to make it a reality.
Tell your children that they are “bad” and they will grow up to believe it. Talk to a child of an abuser or addict and you’ll hear the same story.
Our actions speak into our families, our churches, and our cities. Our compassion changes reality. Our love completes the picture.
To start your own radical change, consider the empty seats in your life and take the first step to get them filled.