In Pastor Bill’s written report – “The Power of One” – for our Annual Meeting yesterday, he wrote about how God, when there was work to be done on earth, often chose an individual to get his work started and accomplished. (Think Abraham, Moses, Joshua, Samuel, Mary, Peter, Paul, etc.)
He quoted Edward Everett Hale, “I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do every-thing, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.”
On the front cover of our Annual Report were these words: ” We are his only witnesses. God is counting on each of us. No angel has been given the job. We are the lanterns; Christ is the light inside.” (Oleta Spray)
The other day, I ran across a post on a blog called “Blessings from Zion,” called “Simple, Small and Significant.” The writer posted what I thought was a very good photo featuring a loaf of challah or twisted Sabbath bread. She called it a “visible sign of kindness” as this bread was left for the poor near a local garbage dumpster. At the end of her blog she stated, “It’s simple, small, and significant; and it blesses everyone–the giver and receiver–even me, the spectator who is now inspired to give in new ways.”
I was reminded of those commercials, for an insurance company I think, where somebody stops a pedestrian from stepping into traffic, which someone else sees, and then we see that person performing an act of kindness which is then seen by another . . . and so on.
It is up to each of us to make a difference, whether in large or small ways. With the beginning of a new year, why not commit to finding a way, or ways, to make a difference. For as Beth Palm stated in the Upper Room: “We are the hands of Christ.”