The Difference of One: The Trace of Grace


One.  One in a million. A single in a billion.  One.

One person can and does make a difference!  Each ONE of us, every day, has opportunity to give profound and positive influence.  The opportunities to bring about Godly change are wrapped in the profoundly simple with a result of being simply profound!

A kind word.  A refrain from anger.  The resolve to do the right thing at the right time for a righteous reason.  The willingness to give grace or the firm resolve to hate that which is evil.  Empowered by God’s grace every ONE of us is a difference maker!  W

The only trace we leave behind us when we leave this world is the trace of grace.  The legacy we leave is the Lord’s legacy.  Whether the opportunity is in a simple exchange of words or the taking of a stand that will influence millions– all change begins with one!

God, in Jesus, demonstrated this.  He became one–of us–and the end result of his powerfully humble life has made for an eternal difference!

Chuck Swindoll, wrote about this when he referred to the life of Esther:

Esther 4:14

Many centuries ago, a woman thought things were too far gone.

She didn’t think there was anything she could do. It was only a matter of time before all the Jews would be exterminated.

You remember Esther. She was the Jewish wife of a Persian king, the man who was about to be tricked into making an irrevocable, disastrous decision. All of Esther’s people would soon be exterminated.

But just one person could turn the tide. One!

Esther’s adoptive father got her attention with these words,

“And who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14).

That did it.

She broke longstanding protocol and put her own life at risk. She marched into the king’s throne room, spoke her mind . . . and ultimately rescued the Jews from holocaust. One woman—only one voice—saved an entire nation.

As is true of every person who stands in the gap, Esther was willing to get personally involved to the point of great sacrifice. Or, as she said, “If I perish, I perish” (4:16). She didn’t think, “Someone else should be doing this, not me,” nor did she ignore the need because of the risk.

Sacrifice! It’s the stuff that people with true character are made of. They’re the ones who make a difference. Sacrifice is the quality that defines the servant’s heart.

Before you toss all this aside, saying to yourself, “Aw, that’s for somebody else. How much difference could I make?” just stop to consider the value of one.

Once you learn to approach each day with the heart of a servant, you soon find that one person really can make a difference. There is lasting joy and real peace in that way of living. And the good news is that the Lord is actively seeking those who are ready and willing to follow Him, no matter the sacrifice or cost.

A wonderful verse reminds us: “For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His” (2 Chronicles 16:9).