On Change

I’m reading through The Emotionally Healthy Church once again and came across one of my favorite quotes ever:

When I was young, I set out to change the world. When I grew older, I perceived that this was too ambitious so I set out to change my state. This, too, I realized as I grew older was too ambitious, so I set out to change my town. When I realized I could not even do this, I tried to change my family. Now, as an old man, I know that I should have started with myself, maybe then I would have succeeded in changing my family, the town, or even the state–and who knows, maybe even the world!”

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