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Post  Admin on Wed 26 Jan 2011, 1:03 pm

WHAT CAN I DO?
I'm just one person. What can I do? Peter was just one person too, but he
preached a sermon that's influenced people for two thousand years.
Copyright 2001 / Leslie A Turvey
The stadium was dark when the first person entered with only a candle to
light his way. Another entered and sat next to him. He sat in silence while
the
first person used his candle to light the newcomer's.
A third person came. A fourth, a fifth, and with each person lighting the
candle of the next to come, the stadium was soon bright with the light of
ten-thousand
candles.
The first person to come was just one person. He had little to offer, but he
gave what he had, and soon ten thousand people were enriched by his simple
gift to his neighbour.
The apostle, Peter, was a fisherman. He likely had a reasonable income and a
modest home. He also had a vocabulary that would suit just about every
occasion.
And he was impetuous. We can imagine him mixing it up with anyone who dared
to cross him. With the muscles made strong from pulling on heavy nets, he
likely
emerged the victor.
When Jesus called Peter and Andrew and said, "Follow me, and I will make you
fishers of men (Matthew 4:19; Mark 1:17)," Peter was likely well ahead of
his
brother in dropping his oars and deserting the boat.
Oh yes, if ever there was an impetuous man it was Peter. He was the one who
tested Jesus by saying, "If it's you, Lord, bid me to walk on the water to
you
(Matthew 14:28)." When Jesus said, "Come on, then," Peter slipped over the
gunwale and walked on the water. And just as impetuously, when he realized
there
was a brisk nor'easter blowing up he thought, "What have I got myself into?
I can't walk on water." You know the rest of the story.
When Jesus washed the disciples' feet during the last passover of his
earthly ministry, good ol' Peter blurted out, "You shall never wash my
feet." When
Jesus rebuked him, Peter changed his mind and declared, "Well give me a bath
then (John 13:3-9)."
Just hours later it was Peter the Impetuous who parted a man from his ear
(John 18:10). Then it was Peter the Cowardly who resorted to some of his
richest
fisherman's language to emphasize he never knew Jesus (Matthew 26:69-74;
Mark 14:66-71).
A few weeks later, though, Peter stood before a multitude of Jews and told
them, "You are guilty of the death of Jesus, the Christ (Acts 2:36)." This
wasn't
Peter the Impetuous, and certainly not Peter the Coward. This was Peter the
Bold, one man, who began a movement that turned the world upside down (Acts
17:6).
You are just one man, one woman, one child. And you may wonder what you can
do in God's service. Perhaps you can't perform miracles like Jesus did. You
may not be able to thunder a sermon that will be heard through the
centuries. You may not route an army of uncountable thousands with only
three hundred
men (Judges 67:16-25). But you are one person, and you can do something.
Consider the stadium story. What did the first person's candle lose by
lighting the next? Absolutely nothing. What do you lose by smiling at
someone who
may find it hard to smile? Or lending a hand for a few hours? Or going the
extra mile for someone who may not be able to go the first mile alone?
Can you can give a pat on the back? a compliment? a high-five? Can you send
a card? take flowers to a sick neighbor? prepare a casserole for a needy
family?
Helen Keller wrote, "I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do
everything, but still I can do something. And because I cannot do everything
I will
not refuse to do the something I can do."
You, too, are only one person, but you can make the world a better place by
doing the little something you can do.

Dean Masters, owner of the Masters List
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