In a world with more seven billion people, it’s easy to underestimate the importance of one. There are so many people who have so many gifts and talents who are already doing so many things that are so helpful and inspiring, who needs me? What can I as one person contribute to the needs of our world, our church and community? The truth is, you are unique the only you in all the world. Nobody can do the things that God has called you to do better than you at this moment. Edward Everett Hale puts it this way:
I am only one, But still I am one. I cannot do everything; but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.
There is only one you. You’re the only person with your exact life with your set of circumstances and events on your journey that have brought you to this hour on this planet. You’re the only one with your personal convictions, your makeup, your skills, your appearance, your touch, your voice, your style, your surroundings, you’re the only one.
History is full of accounts of individuals who have made a difference. Think of the artists like Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci or Ludwig Beethoven or Johann Sebastian Bach. Think of scientists like Albert Einstein or Thomas Edison and the technological experts who have literally changed the course of history like Henry Ford or Steve Jobs. Think of the courageous preachers down through time who have stood alone and made a difference. Like William Tyndale, Martin Luther and John Wesley to name only a few.
Look at it from another point of view, think of the difference one vote can make. Come voting time, many neglect to exercise one of the greatest privileges of democracy, thinking that their vote makes no difference. Let me tell you it does. What would this world be like if one more person voted in these situations?
•In 1654, one vote gave Oliver Cromwell control of England;
•In 1649, one vote caused Charles I of England to be executed;
•In 1776, one vote gave America the English language instead of German;
•In 1800, one vote elected Thomas Jefferson President of The United States; •In 1845, one vote brought Texas into the union;
•In 1868, one vote saved President Andrew Johnson from impeachment.
•In 1875, one vote changed France form a monarchy to a republic;
•In 1876, one vote gave Rutherford B. Hayes the United States Presidency; •In 1923, one vote gave Adolph Hitler control of the nazi party;
Each of our lives have all been affected by someone who made a huge difference. When I find individual men, women and children who go the extra mile in a positive way, this makes me smile and gives me hope. The power of one person can and will effect many people for a lifetime and beyond.