Caught a bit of a CNN feature last night called “The Person Who Changed My Life”. It had been advertised for some time on the network as “CNN’s most well-known faces introduce us to the people who had a profound impact on the course of their lives.”
The idea intrigued me, in part, because of what I consider the difficulty of answering the question. In one sense we all have countless persons who in one way or another have changed the way we see our world. So if challenged to pick one, how would we make the decision?
As it turns out, the CNN personalities chose a range of persons who they credit for helping to shape their personal, professional, and spiritual lives—someone who believed in them, challenged them, told them what they didn’t want to hear, or showed them what they needed to see about themselves or others.
I’m still thinking about how I might answer it. In one sense, I feel guilty for even opening the playing field to anyone other than the same One who forever changed the lives of Peter, Mary of Magdala, and Matthew. No one intrigues, inspires, or mystifies me more than the only One who never saw anyone he couldn’t love, challenge, and call to higher ground.
But he is also the one who deserves to be thanked for everyone who has helped and shaped us in ways for which we are grateful.
Am wondering how we as a group of friends might answer the question, who has changed our lives, and why? Who, beyond our Lord, outside of ourselves, and—maybe it would be best to say—without naming— comes to mind as someone we would say has left something of themselves in us in a way has has helped to shape our outlook on life.