To Change Others - Change Yourself

To change others - change your self.
To change others - be the change you want to see in them.
To change others - let your life speak attractively and persistently.
To change others - show them the way and show they that way is worth their while.

It is that simple
and that hard.

At the core of the Imitation of Christ is to see Jesus as superemely attractive, and His way-truth-life as what you desire above all else. Jesus came to show us His Way. The first Christians were known as The  Way, and they demonstrated in their lives, JESUS.

I would add one significant flavor-nuance as I end this short reflection. Self-change is really above our pay grade. But, we can submit ourselves to the transformation process that requires the life of Christ working deep within us. As His life is at work in us, then His life empowers us for a response to what He does. That is how I understand Philippians 2:12-13. First participation in Christ, then transformation by Christ, finally the imitation of Christ.
 

Brian K. Rice
Leadership ConneXtions International

BrianRice@lcileaders.org