Grace to change myself


A Middle Eastern mystic said

I was a revolutionary when I was young and all my prayer to God was: “Lord, give me the energy to change the world.” As I approached middle age and realized that my life was half gone without changing a single soul, I changed my prayer to: “Lord, give me the grace to change all those who come into contact with me, just my family and friends, and I shall be satisfied.” Now that I am an old man and my days are numbered, I have begun to see how foolish I have been.. My one prayer now is: “Lord give me the grace to change myself.” If I had prayed for this right from the start, I would not have wasted my life.


I don’t know why but when I read this the other day it really connected with me.

I am still young so I might not understand this at a been there done that level, but I can appreciate the overall idea of what this passage is teaching.

Often times I get big ideas and expect to succeed. However, thinking that highly of yourself has consequences.

To me, this passage is saying that change starts from within and being humble and concerned with one’s self is the ultimate way to change the world.

What do you think?

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