Don’t underestimate: The Power of One

Have you ever struggled to find significance in your life?

You see friends and family members succeeding.  Leading you to question how they get it right…meanwhile, somehow you always come up short.

Maybe its just me, but I know exactly how that feels. When thoughts like that happen the feelings of insignificance, insecurity, and inadequacy always follow.

When these feelings rise up within me, guilt is usually leading the way.  Guilt bullies my thoughts, telling me I should be doing more or what I’m doing isn’t enough. I don’t always know what the “more” is…I just feel like I should be doing more of it.

I’m almost done reading Jesus Feminist by Sarah Bessey.  (If you have been hurt in the church or by the church because of being a woman I recommend you check out the practical, theological discussion about how God’s love and design for women.)

I love reading because in a moment your perspective shifts.  Tucked away near the end of a chapter, Sarah makes a simple statement that remedied my guilt and provided instant perspective:

If there is one soul in your care, one face in your loving gaze, one hand in yours, then you are loving the world.

Wow.  So easy, simply being present with one person.  Letting one person know they are loved. Holding one person by the hand.  Doing these simple things actually creates a ripple affect.  This ripple effect goes on to have profound impact on the world.

Don’t underestimate the power of one.

If you call a friend in need, make a casserole for a new mom, allow someone to go ahead of you at the grocery store, these seemingly small deposits could yield a large return on investment.  An act of love plants a seed. In scripture, Jesus talks about the mustard seed.  The mustard seed is one of the smallest of all seeds, but goes on to produce one of the largest trees. 

The Greek fabulist, Aesop says this powerful statement “no act of kindness, however small is ever wasted.”  Your small seed of love may look insignificant, but don’t underestimate the power of loving someone with intentionality.

When I read that statement, my guilt melts away and I experience peace.  Unrealistic expectations for myself vanish, renewed with a new sense of purpose.

No matter where you are in life, you have the ability to make a significant impact on the world around you. The choice is yours…will you care for the “ones” that are in your path? Will you hold just one hand? If the answer is yes, then you are loving the world by your one act of love.

Blessings to you,



1 Comment

  • Barbara Meinhardt

    I appreciate this reminder. No one else walks in our shoes. If we fail to see the significance of what we ourselves can do, then who else will do it or be it. I struggle at times because I feel my contribution seems insignificant but your message reminds me of the power of one. — one soul in need of Christ, one soul in love with Jesus and what that potential could mean, one person to lend a helping hand, one person who takes the time to call or care. Anyone or anything in God’s hands is multiplied by the infinite! Wondrous thought!

    March 15, 2016 at 7:41 pm

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