The Words of the Fleisher Family
Yongil R. Fleisher
June 24, 2008
1. To help participants realize that changing the world is not so difficult
a. One of the biggest barriers to changing the world is people’s concept that the world is to massive for them alone to change. In order to gain confidence and inspire action this concept must first be shown to be false. People must see that they cannot help but change the world.
2. To help participants realize that the best way to change the world is to be a good person and find a vocation in life that not only helps others, but fulfills their desires.
1. Everything you do changes something. This is a fact of life.
a. “The same man cannot cross the same river twice.” – Indian Proverb
i. First of all he is no longer the same man, and second of all it is no longer the same river. By crossing the river the man has experienced something new and cannot be said to be the same man, by stepping in the river the man has also minutely changed the way the river flows forever, so it can no longer be the same river.
ii. Maybe emphasize this point through an activity. By interacting with something that something has been changed… maybe Lego’s or Silly Putty. Maybe some role playing? Ex: “If I give you a million dollars, have I changed your life? Have I changed mine? (Yes, because I am a million dollars poorer.)
b. This is what it means to be a co-creator. By simply going through life we change the way the world works. With our actions we create, we destroy, we rise up, and we tear down.
c. The world is the way it is because we made it that way.
d. Every action we do cannot help but change the world, so the choice we must make is not if we are going to change the world, but in what way are we going to change the world.
2. The kind of people we are dictates how we will change the world
a. Every action has a reaction, and this reaction ripples outward. This works because we are all interconnected; we constantly talk and interact with others, and these others constantly talk and interact with other others, and so on and so forth. Since this is the reality of the world we live in, the things we do have an effect on beings besides ourselves.
i. The way we treat others dictates the nature of the relationship
1. If we abuse others then it is an abusive relationship, if we care for others then it is a caring relationship, etc.
ii. Do you think Jesus only affected the people he talked to? How about Martin Luther King Jr.? Or Martin Luther? Or Father? They were effective because the things they did and said inspired others to say and do things.
1. None of these people’s biggest contributions was how they individually helped the world. Their biggest contribution was that they inspired others to be better, usually be being a role model themselves.
a. Martin Luther King Jr. participated in the marches
b. Jesus didn’t just talk, but he lived a life of forgiveness
c. Father went to jail and nearly died in Korea for his beliefs
iii. This simple dynamic holds the key to fixing the world. If we want to fix the world we need to create a positive ripple effect. We need to inspire others to change themselves, and the best way to do this is to be a good person.
iv. Who is someone who inspired you?
1. My father inspired me not by teaching, but by being a good person. I tried to follow after his example.
2. Get examples from others.
b. In short, the way in which you interact with the world dictates how you will change the world.
3. Since the world changes naturally based upon how we interact with it, it holds to reason that the way in which we change the world is by being good people.
a. “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs are people who have come alive.” - Howard Thurman
i. I love this quote because it says that you need to align your future mission with your desires. You need to find what it is you love, and then you need to do it. Once you know what it is you love to do, and then you can find some way to help others while doing what it is that you love.
ii. The world has enough people who hate what they do. How many of your parents are burned out? How many 1st and 2nd gen have left the movement? Why do you think they left?
1. They joined because they found life here, but they left because that life got smothered. If you want to stick around for the long term, find something you love.
2. If they were doing what they loved, they never would have left.
3. This is why HJN is telling us to find our hearts desire and do it, and why he is encouraging us to be the best in our chosen field.
b. If you really want to inspire people to change, do something you love. People want to be happy, and if they see you are happy they will want to be more like you.
i. If you want to be a preacher, be the best preacher, if you want to be a janitor, be the best janitor
ii. No matter what it is you do, you will interact with others. The ways in which you interact with them dictates the way in which you will change the world.
iii. Get examples from people. Find out what it is they love to do, and maybe suggest how they can tie that in with life.
1. “Don't expect to find life worth living; make it that way.” - Unknown
1. You cannot help but change the world
2. The kind of person you are dictates how you will change the world (so be a godly person)
3. Find a job or mission that you love, and tie it in to the providence
1. "The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life... It will make or break a company... a church... a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past... we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you... we are in charge of our Attitudes.” - Charles R. Swindoll
2. “You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson
3. “The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” -Alan Kay