In the 1980’s Michael Jackson sang his first song that I could relate to. He was older now and the lyrics he sang had a purpose and a means to communicate to all of the world that something needed to “change.” The name of the song was “Man in the Mirror”. It started out like this.
“I’m Gonna Make a Change, for once in my life.
It’s Gonna Feel real good, make a difference, Gonna make it right.”
Then he goes on to tell the story about walking on a street in the winter and seeing children in the street with nothing to eat, and who is he to be blind, pretending not to see their needs, that they have nowhere to go. And then he sings…
“I’m starting with the Man in the Mirror. I’m asking Him to CHANGE his ways.” No message can be any clearer, “If you want to make the world a better place then take a look at yourself and make a “CHANGE”.
The strength of this song comes from the fact that Michael Jackson says he is starting not with anyone else, not pointing fingers at the government, or the churches, or others who should be helping these children, these people in need. No he is starting with the man in the mirror, himself, and that is what God asks us to do each and every day but we have become blind to the needy because we have become so used to poverty, neediness and beggars that we don’t even look anymore at their faces. We do not even look at faces anymore. We walk by and never make eye contact.
Michael Jackson goes on to say, “I’ve been a victim of a selfish kind of love, Its time that I realize that there are some with NO home, not a nickel to loan , could it be ,really Me, pretending that they’re not alone?” This statement is says it all when he admits that he can’t believe he has gotten to this place (could it be, really ME?) who has pretended not to see those in need. We all know that need is so huge and that we can’t do everything for everyone, but we can stop to look into their eyes, hand them enough for a meal and tell them God loves them, to be strong, or give them information for a nearby shelter.
“If you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and then Make That CHANGE.”
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