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"The Power of One"

June 1, 2006

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"Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?" John 6:9

One young boy did not seem very significant that day in a crowd of five thousand people. His supply of bread and fish would not have gone very far even if he had been willing to share or sell them. But the boy became a good example for us because he made his bread and fish available to Jesus. Jesus’ power then multiplied them so they were able to feed the vast throng.

Most of us may not feel significant. The abilities we have and the things we possess may not seem very important in relieving the misery of the world. Yet today, as in the past, God can do much with our little, if we let Him.

One act of kindness can brighten the whole day for several other people. Those who were helped come into contact with others and can multiply the effect of that one kind deed. One work of forgiveness or encouragement sometimes sets the direction of an entire life.

Let us remember the power of one person – the influence for good that each of us has if we are willing to be available when God wants to use us. Through one person God can bless a whole family, change a community for the better, and inspire an entire congregation.

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, help us to seize every opportunity You give us today to love You through loving others. Amen.

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Today's Bible Readings: Psalms 39-41    John 12:27-50

Change Their World. Change Yours. This changes everything.

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