Monday, November 29, 2010

One

"At this moment there are 6,884,652,671 people in the world, give or take a few. Some are running scared. Some are coming home. Some tell lies to make it through the day. Others are just not facing the truth. Some are evil men, at war with good. And some are good, struggling with evil. Six billion people in the world, six billion souls. And sometimes... all you need is one."


I find it fascinating how one person can seemingly change everything.

There have been times in my life when one person made me feel insecure and afraid and worthless.

I never really had issues with self-confidence or worth growing up. I always knew who I was. I always knew that God created me to be something amazing...

Somewhere in high school all that changed. I no longer felt confident and beautiful and worthy... but rather I felt like nothing...

Its almost like I can remember the moment when it all changed. And I can't put the blame all on one person, but rather a series of one persons who gave me the distinct fear that I would never be enough.

The blame doesn't go just to relationships, but to friends and leaders and family... people who didn't see or didn't care...

And this is not to point out people or cast blame on any specific people, but just to exemplify how easy it is to change people by the words we say or by the the things we do or by the things we don't...

Even crazier, is how one person can make your life seem so much better.

How you can go from dreading the days to come, to waking up with a smile on your face every single morning.

How the insecurities and heartache you felt before can suddenly melt away in the presence of someone else.

How the dreams you were ready to let go of, can suddenly seem within your grasp.

How the love that you had hoped for was there all along.

How all the doubt and fear and questions don't really seem important.

I want to be that one for someone else.

I want to be a person that changes people for the better.

I want to encourage people and instill in them the belief that they are worthy and capable and amazing.

I think of amazing people throughout history who changed the world by their willingness to be that one. Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Teressa, Esther, Moses, Jesus... the list goes on and on...

I have the honor of knowing many people who have been willing to be that person in my life. People who love me and encourage me and push me to be a better person.

I don't want to live my life selfishly. I want to live my life in the constant pursuit of helping people.

Its amazing what a text, a letter, a hug, a smile, or even asking someone how they are REALLY doing can do to change someones life.

We never know what someone else is going through. Some of us are pretty good at pretending to be strong even when we aren't.

I guess I've been convicted, cause I wonder often times if I do make a difference. If anyone is actually influenced by what I say or do, if I inspire anyone to be better or encourage them in any way...

And I think about times I may have been the person to tear someone else down or give them a reason to believe that they weren't good enough...

So if your reading this, I want you to know that you are amazing. That God has created you with a specific purpose in mind, and He has given you everything you need to accomplish amazing things. That it doesn't matter what you have been through or who you have been, because all that matter is who you are now and who you are striving to be. So don't believe that lies that have been holding you back, but rather cling to the promises that God has given you. You are capable. You are worthy. And because of God's grace, you are more than enough.


"To the world you may be just one person, but to one person you may be the world.”

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