By: Matt Williams & Charles Awuzie
WHY YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE PERFECT TO CHANGE THE WORLD – “how can I change the world when my life is so messed up?” So, your life isn’t perfect. Join the club. The notion that you have to be perfect to change the world is ridiculous. In fact, no world changer in history (save for one) was perfect.
Let’s See examples from history
1) Abraham Lincoln
If he were alive today, Abraham Lincoln would probably have spent the past twenty years watching soap operas in a Snuggie while popping anti-depressants. He was prone to severe and debilitating bouts with depression that often led to suicidal thoughts. But he described his depression in a letter to a friend as “a misfortune, not a fault.” That is the attitude that allowed him to be a world changer.
I read a fake news blog where the author said that a certain Table shaker in our generation is using drugs and addicted to sex and I laughed because the author is either ignorant or a mere hypocrite. All world changers were mere humans who had moments of depression but chose to solve the problems of others first.
Moses had a temper. So bad that he killed a man. He was a murderer. I’ll go out on a limb here and say that beats most of what you’ve done. “Murderer” is not a tag you just drop. And did I mention he had a speech impediment throughout his life? And yet he led an entire race to freedom from slavery.
Imagine if Charles Awuzie had a criminal record of murder and now suddenly speaks against the evil on the pulpit? 🤔 Will you not say that he is looking for who to murder again?
3) Winston Churchill
Winston Churchill was most likely bipolar. He referred to his intense bouts with depression as his “Black Dog.” He went on to be a central figure in the fight against the Nazis. By all accounts, he was a world changer.
Listen, every world changer throughout history has a dark side. Every one of them has a family secret. Every one of them suffered from something that could have kept them from changing the world.
All while actually changing the world.
None of them waited until their “problem” was solved or their dark days were behind them. They made their mark in the midst of their problems. They pursued their calling in the middle of their personal struggles. Don’t wait until you are perfect before attempting to change the world. That day may never come, understand why you don’t have to be perfect to change the world.
Let’s do this….
Someday when _______, then I’ll be able to _______.
Have you ever filled in those blanks?
But what if the “when” never comes?
What if Lincoln or Churchill had waited until their depression subsided? What if Moses had waited until he had taken more speech classes or everyone who knew about the murder had died?
Before you judge the imperfections of world changers, ask yourself why you are not taking any action to change your world and why you don’t have to be perfect to change the world.