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Becoming a World-Changer

A few years ago, on a trip I took, I remember 

standing in Nelson Mandela Square, in Johannesburg, South Africa.

When we think of and remember Nelson Mandela today, we consider him a world-changer. The question that came to my mind as I stood looking at his statue was this: How do individuals like him become world-changers? How do they begin? Are they born with special pedigrees that qualify them to be world-changers? If so, most of us are out of luck.

I don’t believe this is the case.

World-changers are simply ordinary people doing extraordinary things.

How do they begin?

They begin with an idea—a thought. These individuals think, “Wow… I see a need here!” I’d like to make a difference. World-changers begin to identify the needs of their community, and they go a step further—they meet those needs.

They make a difference. One thing leads to another—years of work and legacy-building—and, eventually, they become world-changers.

What do you see as the greatest need in our community?

Today, I want to encourage you: Perhaps you want to change the world in some way, but feel overwhelmed or unsure how to begin. Be sure of this: it won’t come about because of any strategic plan, conference, or seminar. It won’t happen all at once—so don’t put that

pressure on yourself.

Your world-changing journey will only start when you get passionate about the needs around you.

Begin to make a difference where you are!

Seek the Lord, and take one small step at a time. Who knows… one day, there may even be a square named after you. Even if there isn’t, you’ll be making a lasting difference for those around you. And that’s the true definition of a world-changer.



  • What are the needs that you see in your community?
  • How can you take steps to meet those needs? Take a few moments to prayerfully examine your motives. Are you satisfied with doing this for the Lord and for people around you, or is there something else you’re seeking?
  • Do you think God can use us to help change the world? Yes or No
  • What is the next step to help change the world? When would we start? Why would we start? Why not start
  • What’s the next greatest problem in the world? Is it marriages? Homes? Families? (I believe many of the drugs and mental health is a result of broken homes! This is my personal… come up with yours.)
  • Can we make a difference in the homes? Yes or No. Why don’t we? When do we start? What do we do?

I think we can ask God how we can take the next messy step to help change the world. It starts with asking these questions.

What did you learn and how can you apply it?