By the Rev. Dr. Rick Vance
One song can spark a moment,
One whisper can wake the dream.
One tree can start a forest,
One bird can herald spring.
One smile begins a friendship,
One moment can make one fall in love.
One star can guide a ship at sea,
One word can frame the goal
One vote can change a nation,
One sunbeam lights a room
One candle wipes out darkness,
One laugh will conquer gloom.
One step must start each journey.
One word must start each prayer.
One hope will raise our spirits,
One touch can show you care.
One voice can speak with wisdom,
One heart can know what's true,
One life can make a difference,
You see, it’s up to you!
(Ashish Ram poemhunter.com)
As I have traveled this spring throughout the connection to annual conferences, there has been one phrase I have heard time and time again. While parts of the phrase change, it always starts, “We just have a few people, so . . .”
Throughout Scripture, we see that God uses a person or a small group of people to generate great change or start a great movement. Moses led the people of Israel to freedom, David took on Goliath and throughout the New Testament God used individuals to start the early church.
The thing that all of these people had in common is that they knew their mission and they acted on God’s calling.
One voice can speak with wisdom, one heart can know what's true, one life can make a difference, you see, it’s up to you!
There is a song that verse states; “It only takes a spark, to get a fire going.” Will you be that spark, that “ONE” that will allow themselves to be used by God to make a difference in men’s ministry?
If you need help, we are here to walk with you and help you.
Your brother on the journey,
The Rev. Dr. Rick Vance, director of the Center for Men’s Ministries
General Commission on UM Men