People from the past
I have seen the incredible influence, impact and value of one human being. As I reflect on history, there have been many courageous people who have put up their hand for a task that has brought change and reformation. Some of these brave men and women stood alone, faced trials and testing’s, came up against powers and authorities, against evil, but they ultimately triumphed. Some gave their lives in the process, but we are the richer for their sacrifice.
People from the Bible
The Bible is full of characters that in obedience to God’s call gave their lives for their nation to honor God’s name. The story of Elijah in chapter 16-19 is one of those remarkable stories. The most amazing example of the “Power of One” was when Elijah faced the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel. Outnumbered by 450 prophets of Baal and 400 prophets of Asherah, Elijah must have felt vulnerable. However, if Elijah had not been willing to put up his hand for this task I do wonder what would have become of the Israelites. It is an amazing story of the faith, courage and commitment of one man and the power of His God.
I remember watching a moving entitled, “The Power of One.” It is the story of Peekay a young English boy with a passion for changing his world. He suffered immensely as the only English boy in an Afrikaans school. If that wasn’t bad enough, he was orphaned shortly after and placed in the care of the German professor von Vollensteen (A.K.A. “Doc”,) a friend of his grandfather. Doc helps Peekay develop his musical skill and he becomes his ‘helper’ in his cactus garden.
The narrative progresses with Doc being placed in prison for failure to register with the English government as a foreigner. Peekay visits him in prison and meets Geel Piet, an inmate, who teaches him how to box.
Some time later, Peekay fallis in love with Maria, whose father is a leader of the Nationalist Party of South Africa. Peekay and Maria fight against all odds to teach the local African people English. Peekay loses focus for a time, but then catches a glimpse of what a success his language school has become among the tribes. He continues to work in hopes of building a better future.
What about you?
We often look back with great admiration for people who have been brave and stood against the tide. My question is what about you?
What do you have in your hands?
You may be thinking, “That is the most ludicrous question to ask?” Not so! People who have made a significant difference in their world have been ordinary human beings. They have simply made themselves available. What do you have in your hands? Music abilities? Use them to make a difference. Artistic flare? Use your creative juices to make a difference in God’s world. Perhaps you can cook! “Well, how on earth can cooking change the world?” you ask. Look no further than Mother Teresa – she fed countless children on a daily basis. Well, you are feeling relieved because you are just a regular mom with no special talent. Oh, but the world needs your loving and caring hands to touch them and reach out to them.
I am convinced that every one of us has something in our hands that we can give!
All you need is a willing heart. Yes, I said it – an available life that says, “Here I am God, use me.” I can guarantee you, if you make yourself available to God He will use you to make a difference in the world.
What are you waiting for? Look at your hands – you have so much to give.
Who knows? Today could be the first day of the rest of your life!
I pray that as you read this blog, your heart will be stirred. There is incredible power in just one life – my prayer is that it will be yours!
I am and always will be,
Recklessly abandoned, ruthlessly committed and in relentless pursuit of Jesus,