THE POWER-of-ONE: Centrum Silver, a vitamin, has an TV commercial suggesting that the human eye can see the flicker of a ‘single-candle’…the length of 140 football fields away…..that would equate to eight miles. Believe it or not. Once our eyes adjust…I’m comfortable that one could see pretty well in a 300×300 square-foot auditorium that was lighted by ‘just one 25 watt light-bulb.’
Martin Luther changed the face of religion forever… when he posted his Ninety-Five Theses to the door of All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg on 31 October 1517, sparking the Reformation. That was ‘just one man.’ He did this without the benefit of telephone, telegraph, television, or the internet; using just the ‘power of one.’ Think of the impact of John the Baptizer…just one guy. And then, there was Madalyn Murray O’Hair, who single-handedly, stopped ‘organized prayer’ in public schools. Just one person. (Ok…I’m sure with the aid of satan). Of course, while it was built on lies, there is the abortion case, Roe vs. Wade, which by its action has been responsible for approximately 56 million abortions…of human life. Don’t forget about HITLER…just one person; and look what he did. Of course, he had a partner too… satan.
The POWER of ONE can be showcased in ‘every walk of life.’ It makes no difference… be it a social setting, work-place, family-life… or a religious setting. We ‘all can have’ INFLUENCE, such that… it is the POWER-of-ONE.
The most important example of the POWER-of-ONE…the birth, crucifixion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ….resulting in about one-third of the world’s inhabitants being Christian. In modern-day terms, we have people like Henry Ford, the Wright Brothers, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs; not to mention earlier inventions that changed our life-styles forever. Basically…all, by the POWER-of-ONE individual.
The internet has given us the ability to control election outcomes, produce instant millionaires, and make obscure people famous for all of time. All of these tools are available to each ONE of us. We all have the ability to change the world. Man-made tools, together with the ‘gifts we receive from God’… give each of us immeasurable abilities… skill-sets, to change and influence mankind.
Why not use this same Power-of-One for…..GOOD? Instead, we use it…for NO-GOOD reason. Meaning we are MISS-USEING our power. It starts at home. Are we using our ‘power-of-one’ to properly influence our children, our family, our friends, our co-workers, and society as a whole? Do we ever offer to help our ‘neighbor?’ Do we help the elderly, the lame, and the clothes-less, the poor, the homeless, and those without the ‘basic necessities of life?’
Do we ever offer to take someone to Church? Do we ever volunteer our time, talent, and resources to help….well…anyone? Just recently, I had an individual approach me from LinkedIn, who implied that they were scared to talk about God ‘in an open forum’….for fear of losing their job. Is God so far removed from industry that we cannot talk ‘out-in-he-open?’
It is my hope and prayer that the approach that I employ on LinkedIn, and my own website: BrOOKS-of-WISDOM (found at www.charlesbrooks.com) has ‘that kind’ of influence….the POWER-of-ONE. We are told in Isaiah 6:8 – “Also, I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: ’Whom shall I send, And who will go for Us?’ Then I said, ’Here am I! Send me.”
So, you see…. as it is often said: It’s not so much our ability, as our availability. We need to ask ourselves….Am I willing to be an instrument of His Peace, and a conduit of His Love. Are we available? It only takes one person to start a fire. Anyone can do it…Any ‘one-person’ can talk about God. Any one-person can be a POWER-of-ONE.
…Blessings…as we, each… use ‘our POWER of ONE’ to spread the WORD of God. …cjlb…2/2/2018