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Can one person make a difference?

ROSCOMMON, MI – Back in the early 90’s when I was an Intern on staff with a church in Florida (my birthplace), I met regularly with Associate Pastors who would speak into my life and mentor me. During this time, I also became engaged to my forever sweetheart (now 23 years married). In one of our weekly meetings a pastor friend shared with me this statement, “What’s more important, your rights or the relationship?” Wow, what a thought,especially as I was about to be a husband. That one statement has replayed itself in my mind continuously over my years of marriage and ministry, a constant guide and reminder that people are more important than my personal, selfish agenda. So, the answer is yes, one person can make a difference.

It’s easy to believe you are insignificant in the grand scheme of things. However, please understand you were created by God for a specific purpose and impact in this life and this world, and God does not scheme. God is not playing games with us. This is real life with eternity in the balance. God has placed you right where you are to impact those around you with the love and life of Christ.

Nevertheless, in case you still doubt your significance and the impact you can have on the world, let me give you a few of my favorite examples:

Moses had a speech impediment yet led a nation to freedom.

Gideon led an army of 300 to defeat an army of thousands.

David was a sheepherder who defeated a giant.

Mary was a young virgin who believed by faith she was to give birth to Jesus, the son of God.

Saul was known to kill Christians yet called by God to be Paul and be a missionary for Him.

George Washington would lead a country to freedom over tyranny.

Winston Churchill lead Great Britain to victory during World War II.

Bill Gates is the founder of Microsoft.

Steve Jobs single handedly transformed the music industry.

Rosa Parks campaigned and fought against segregation and racism.

Neil Armstrong was the first man to ever walk on the moon.

Obviously, this list is just some of my favorites and it could go on and on. History is packed full of people who impacted their community and the world. God uses folks of all shapes and sizes to achieve His purposes. Your shape and your size are included in His plans.

(To download this video for playing in your church service or small group setting, click here.)

This year our Frances Brown State Mission Offering is focusing on “the Power of One Multiplied.” That’s one person (you) impacting one other person who impacts another person and so on and so on. When you set your mind on accomplishing His mission and allow His life to live through you, you personify, “the Power of One Multiplied.”

May we not be content with living our lives just for our own glory and satisfaction - let’s live every day with a Kingdom mindset, on a Kingdom mission for Kingdom glory!

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Mick Schatz serves on the staff of the Baptist State Convention of Michigan. He is the State Director of Spiritual Enrichment and Retreats and lives at Bambi Lake.


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