It Only Takes One

HAPPINESSIt only takes one smile to offer welcome and blessed be the person who shares it. It only takes one moment to be helpful, and blessed be the person who will spare it. It only takes one joy to lift a spirit, and blessed be the person who will give it. It only takes one life to make a difference, and blessed be the person who will live it.   Amanda Bradley

I have always been impressed with the power in the number one. It only takes one person, one kind word, one thought, or one good deed to change the world.

One is a very powerful number.

Remember that one teacher that stands out beyond all others. The one who believed in you, took a special interest in you, and helped you gain the confidence to succeed.

Remember that one coach that pushed you harder than anyone else on the team. Remember the day when you realized that he did so because he thought you were special and had the potential to be a college or professional athlete.

Remember that one friend who has stuck by you all these years, through college, marriages, families, moves to other states, good time and bad times. The one friend you could really count on.

Remember the one employer or older associates who shared her knowledge and experience with you and you now credit for guiding and mentoring your career.

Yes, one is a powerful number!

Do you know that you can be that one person for someone? You never forget the person that was there for you when no one else was. You can be the one person they will always remember.

It only takes one negative comment to kill and dream, but one encouraging word can set a person on a course of success and the fulfillment of  lifelong dreams. One moment can change everything!

For me, these people and their kindnesses are etched in my mind. I can remember the moments as if it were yesterday. I recall the exact words that were shared, the encouragement, the special feeling of the moment.

And, I’ll bet that you can remember the people and moments that changed your life, as well.

There are some people who never hear words of encouragement, never have someone that will believe in them, sticks with them, mentors them, and loves them. They live their lives under a constant barrage of negativism.

There is an old saying it takes one tree to make a thousand matches, but it only takes one match to burn a thousand trees. That’s what happens when you spew the venom of your negative comments on your spouse, your children, your friends, coworkers, and fellow students.

Let’s remember that there is power in your words. Negative words can kill a dream, but positive words can start the journey to a dream come true.

“Do not fear: I am with you; do not be anxious: I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand. –Isaiah 41:10

And, what about your faith journey, there is power in one as well? It only takes one faith, one savior, one baptism, to change our lives forever. To be born again by water and spirit, to be sons and daughters of the one true God. We will never forget the people, especially the one person that brought us to a better understanding of our faith, and helped us to find forgiveness, redemption, and salvation.

Yes, God is the One that can change our lives forever. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. And, if we follow Him, put our faith in Him, He promises to be that friend that is always there for us.

Yes, you never forget the ones that helped you on your journey. And, you’ll never forget the ones who brought you to the Lord.

Let’s all strive to be that one person that will make a difference in the life of a friend.

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