What I Want For the World

Updated on January 31, 2018
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Poetry is one of Lori's favorite ways to share memories, to express feelings, and share what inspires her, so others might be inspired.

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The idea

The idea for the topic of this poem came from a writing prompt in my journaling class. The instructor gave us four sentence prompts and told us to choose one and write about it. I chose "What I want FROM the world." But really, I'd rather write about what I want FOR the world. In John 3:16 Jesus said, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." As a disciple of Jesus I love the world too, but imperfectly. That does not mean I love the bad things being done in this world, only that I love and care about people's welfare, physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually, even those whom I know to be evil or strongly disagree with. It does not mean I necessarily have fond affection for every person, but I try to care and value each person, although I fall way short. But Jesus' love never fails.

So here are the things I want for the world.

For God so loved the world that He gave His only before Son, that whosoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16).

What I Want For the World

What I want for the world

is for people to reach out

and not lash out

when they are mad, confused or afraid.


What I want for the world

is for people to stop hating,

bullying, and blaming,

and to take responsibility.

He who loves his brother abides in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him. But he who hates his brother is in darkness and walks in darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes. 1 John 2:10-11

What I want for the world

is for people to build one another up,

not tear down and destroy,

to encourage, bless, and show love.

"Love is creative and redemptive. Love builds up and unites; hate tears down and destroys. The aftermath of the 'fight with fire' method which you suggest is bitterness and chaos, the aftermath of the love method is reconciliation and creation of the beloved community." ~ Martin Luther King Jr.


What I want for the world

is for people to listen and hear

with their hearts, with concern

and with compassion.


What I want for the world

is for people to care and be kind,

to be willing and intentional,

to be humble servants to each other.

What I want for the world

is for everyone to live in gratitude,

to eliminate bitterness, entitlement,

and complaining.

"I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder." G.K. Chesterton


What I want for the world

is for families to stay together,

to be selfless and committed,

and to value and honor one another.

What I want for the world is for families to stay together.
What I want for the world is for families to stay together. | Source

What I want for the world

is for people to offer hope

to those who hurt and despair,

and to walk alongside them.


What I want for the world

is for people to work together

toward solutions and answers,

not to divide and be enemies.

To work together for answers and solutions.
To work together for answers and solutions. | Source

What I want for the world

is for justice to be the rule,

the laws of the land be just,

and our leaders to lead with integrity.


What I want for the world

is for all to value life as sacred,

to honor and protect at all cost,

the unborn, the elderly, and infirm.

...is for all to value life as sacred, to honor and protect at all cost the unborn, elderly and infirm.
...is for all to value life as sacred, to honor and protect at all cost the unborn, elderly and infirm. | Source

What I want for the world

is for people to refrain from judgement,

of the struggles and battles of others,

of things they don't understand.


What I want for the world

is an end to stigmas and sterotypes

of the marginalized and misunderstood,

that no longer they be rejected or mocked.


What I want for the world

is an end to the evil of terrorism,

mass shootings of the innocent,

and all manner of sexual abuse.

What I want for the world is an end to the evils of terrorism...
What I want for the world is an end to the evils of terrorism... | Source

What I want for the world

is the demise of pride and arrogance,

elitism, egotism and greed,

and all the wreckage they leave behind.

... the demise of pride, arrogance, and elitism...
... the demise of pride, arrogance, and elitism... | Source


What I want for the world

is that our trials, adversities, and suffering,

would cause us to grow in every way,

and bring comfort to those who like suffer.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

What I want for the world

is more forgiveness and reconciliation

and that people find freedom from

the shackles of bitterness.

More forgiveness and reconciliation and that people find freedom from the shackles of bitterness.
More forgiveness and reconciliation and that people find freedom from the shackles of bitterness. | Source

What I want for the world

is for all to know God's great love,

Forgiveness and salvation,

through Christ, whom we must call upon.

It Starts With Us

I could go on and on. The reality is that we live in a fallen world, a corrupted world, a grossly imperfect world. My list reflects the ideal and many, if not most, are not likely to happen throughout the masses; however, we as individuals can be intentional about fulfilling some of these things, to model them, and to encourage and influence others who are struggling.

Another important part of this is that when we see people struggling to do these things, we can speak into their lives, share our stories, and most importantly, we can pray for them. If we want to see progress and victories, it all starts with us and we must turn to God for His guidance.

We also need to listen to others who are able to lovingly tell us where we are falling short and how it is hurting us, and others in our path. I don't mean people that are harsh, judgemental, critical, and intentionally seek to injure and humiliate by taking our moral inventory self righteously. I mean by people who care about us, that we have healthy relationships with where both people feel safe and trusting. Most people only have a few of those types of friends. You know, it is dangerous to think and declare that we have arrived and mastered all things. So often we want to be the hero in our own stories. It's more authentic and powerful to share our trials and our triumphs without blaring our own horns.

This takes great humility. A virtue that is not our default position. Becoming humble usually develops over time by way of failures and adversities, and overcoming. We need to listen to God, who loves us unconditionally and helps us to grow and become more like Him.

I truly believe without question that we should search our hearts regularly to see where we may have hurt someone, done the wrong thing, and be willing to make changes and amends. This is probably the best way to recognize our shortcomings. We ask God to help us, and be willing to change course.

We can also reflect on where we have made a difference, where we have blessed, to see our progress and growth and give thanks to God.

God is the God of second, third, and many more chances. He is also the Great Forgiver.

So let me ask you this - What do you want for the world? Share in the comments. God bless you.

“If we want to change things, we must first change ourselves. If we want to play – if we want to change the world – we must first show up on the field to score.” Paul Rusesabagina

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    © 2018 Lori Colbo

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      • lambservant profile imageAUTHOR

        Lori Colbo 

        5 months ago from Pacific Northwest

        Interesting. I just looked it up on google and the article I got was very good.

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        Jay C OBrien 

        5 months ago from Houston, TX USA

        The Code of Criminal Procedure (CCP) defines Peace Officer. A police officer is common speak for the actual term.

      • lambservant profile imageAUTHOR

        Lori Colbo 

        5 months ago from Pacific Northwest

        Jay, what is the difference between a police officer and a peace officer?

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        Jay C OBrien 

        5 months ago from Houston, TX USA

        What is needed is a method to accomplish your goal. I suggest Peace Officer training. Local Peace Officers use the least amount of force to control violent citizens and do not intend to harm the citizen. Every society has citizens who violate the law. Officers are trained in the use of force to control these citizens.

        We now have "Anti-bullying" rules which are a step in the right direction. The idea is not to fight the bully, but to report him. As we become adults we have the same problem in society, bullies. Officers have been trained to deal with these social bullies or criminals using the least amount of force.

        After 20 years as a peace officer and as a state certified instructor and having taught hundreds of officers on the Use of Force, I have come to the conclusion that "Lethal Force" is Not needed.

        The first principle in the Use of Force is: use the least amount of force to control the person. Officers are never taught to harm the person, just control him. If outmanned or facing unwinnable odds, the officer is taught to call for backup and maneuver out of harms way.

        What does a bully want? Money, power, property? Let him have it. Use deception, have a fake wallet or cell phone to give him. Out-smart the criminal and walk away. Many self defense courses exist who teach people how to avoid criminals.

      • lambservant profile imageAUTHOR

        Lori Colbo 

        6 months ago from Pacific Northwest

        Hi Lawrence, I'm glad it gave you food for thought. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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        Lawrence Hebb 

        6 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

        Awesome, and very thought provoking, thank you.

      • lambservant profile imageAUTHOR

        Lori Colbo 

        8 months ago from Pacific Northwest

        Pop, what a sweet thing to say. I offer a hard ditto.

      • lambservant profile imageAUTHOR

        Lori Colbo 

        8 months ago from Pacific Northwest

        I agree Riga. I don't know that their has ever been a time in history where there has been perfect universal peace.

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        Gypsy Rose Lee 

        8 months ago from Riga, Latvia

        Just wonderful if only that could all be. How good a feeling to be able to know the world is at peace and everyone is like family.

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        manatita44 

        8 months ago from london

        A very beautiful and wholesome Hub and a few more like this are needed too. Right now there are so many trials for many of us. Kudos to you for writing such a powerful piece. I like a couple of stanzas more, as they stand out for me:

        "What I want for the world

        is for people to refrain from judgement,

        of the struggles and battles of others,

        of things they don't understand."

        "What I want for the world

        is the demise of pride and arrogance,

        elitism, egotism and greed,

        and all the wreckage they leave behind." Much Love, Lori

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        breakfastpop 

        8 months ago

        Thank you, Lori. What a beautiful world it would be if there were more people like you.

      • lambservant profile imageAUTHOR

        Lori Colbo 

        8 months ago from Pacific Northwest

        God bless you Pop.

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        breakfastpop 

        8 months ago

        If people could honestly look into their own actions, and make amends when need be, it would change the world. Your words resonate in me, and I thank you for sharing your thoughts.

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        William Kovacic 

        8 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

        One day when King Jesus rules your wish will be complete, Lori. I like what you say about being intentional and taking personal responsibility. Loved the poem, pictures, and scripture.

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        Bill Holland 

        8 months ago from Olympia, WA

        Well I sure hope you get what you want, Lori! It would sure be a better world if you did.

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