Power of One

An abandoned bear cub clung to a tree after a fierce forest fire. He was scorched, scared, and an orphan.  Rescuers found him, restored him to health, and named him Smokey the Bear.  He symbolized the devastating effects of careless human activity.  From this came the slogan ‘Only YOU can prevent forest fires.’ 

It stuck. People listened. Just one person had the power to make a difference in the world. This is the power of one.    One person makes a choice. One person prevents a disaster. One person saves another.    It is the power of one.  What difference will you make as a disciple of Jesus today?  Will the world be safer, kinder, and more loving? Will the hungry be fed, the lonely visited, or someone lifted up in prayer?  How will you use your unique God given power of one?  Most importantly:  who will know Jesus because of you?     Only you can grow another disciple.     Only you can live so others see Jesus.    Only you can share what faith means. Only you can share Jesus.      Only you can greet a new comer.    Only you can  introduce yourself and ask their name.    Only you can take them to coffee and turn a stranger into a friend. Only you can make a difference. When you embrace what you can do as ONE individual with the Spirit’s help,  one becomes many. The church body grows. And more people become one together. We are in a cultural shift away from Jesus. Only you can change that.  How will you use your power of one to make a difference? “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…Matthew 28:19