The Power of One
It’s hard to understand the utility of one when we are used to really big numbers.
Katy Perry has over 52,000,000 Twitter followers.
Last year Oprah Winfrey made over $77,000,000.
The U.S. national debt is $17,571,336,985,313.33.
And don’t forget about the 153,000,000 orphans in the world.
The numbers, especially for those of us who have never liked math, can take our breath away. What does it mean for nearly a billion be to live in hunger? What does it mean for so many kids to be without a family? How can that many people actually be interested in what Katy Perry has to say?
When we are faced with such big numbers, the numbers lose their effect. How can I possibly make a difference when the problem is so big? How can my efforts matter when there is so much need?
I am only one, how can I really make an impact?
What You Can Do
You can’t. You won’t be able to. Your greatest effort isn’t enough. Your largest financial contribution won’t even come close. There is too much need. There is too much to do.
You can’t solve the problems for everyone. But you can make the world a better place for one.
If we let ourselves get caught up in the numbers, we are easily overwhelmed and confused. And then we easily give up. We let ourselves off the hook. Why try when it doesn’t matter?
But you do matter. And what you choose to do matters. Especially when you understand the power of one.
You can change one person’s life. You can do more for a single person. You can believe that one person matters, and then you can do something to make them feel like they matter.
- You can sponsor one kid through a program such as World Vision.
- You can donate to a group such as Half the Sky who is busy helping orphans in China.
- You can write one thank you note.
- You can smile one extra time today.
- You can give up one small thing so that you have more to give to those who have need.
I’ve heard Andy Stanley put it this way.
Do for one what you wish you can do for everyone.
Love is a Virus
When we choose to love using the power of one, something happens that is more powerful than our efforts. Something bigger happens than the value of what we contribute.
We make a difference for one.
That one person we influence learns the value of love. And we make it possible for them to love somebody else. And love will spread like a virus. Love will afflict us like the plague.
Love isn’t about big numbers or how far you influence reaches or about how many Facebook friends you have. Love is about one. One person. One moment. One gift.
What can you do for one?