The Power of One Man

Ogwo David Emenike
Published on: September 2013
Have you thought about this: "Where would we have been without the discoveries of our predecessors?" And here is one of the thinker's thoughts: "Where are we going without your discovery?" Selah!

It was American professional football player and politician, Jack Kemp, who said, "The power of one man or one woman doing the right thing, for the right reason, and at the right time, is the greatest influence in our society". The biggest enemy most of us are facing is the nagging voice in us asking: "Who am I, anyway, to think that I could make a difference?"
How many did it take to confront Pharaoh and lead the Exodus? One man - Moses
How many did it take to rescue Israel from a holocaust? Only one woman - Esther
How many did it take to rescue the man on the Jericho road? One Good Samaritan
How many did it take to challenge and kill Goliath? One young man - David
How many did it take to invent the light bulb? Just one man - Thomas Edison
How many did it take to invent the telephone? Only one man - Alexander Graham Bell
How many did it take to stop the killing of twins in Nigeria? One woman - Mary Slessor
What would have been the state of the nursing profession if not for one woman - Florence Nightingale?
How many did it take to lead the first major nonviolent protest of Civil Right Movement? One man - Martin Luther King Jr.
Who inspired his actions? Another man - Mahatma Gandhi
How many were willing to sacrifice their life to stop the apartheid policy? One charismatic, loving and forgiving man - Nelson Mandela
One man - Steve Jobs brought transformation in the mobile telecommunication world.
One man - Bill Gate brought a revolution in the computer world.
It was because of one man - Tiger Woods that the golf course pitch was expanded.
I will exhaust my time giving you the list of what one man or one woman can do. I wish not my sermon that it be lengthy.

It's most amazing what one man can do. Surprisingly, one man feels helpless and feels he is not able to do anything noteworthy. And I (God) sought for a man among them... Ezekiel 22 vs. 30

One man can make a decision and change the course of history. One man, one woman can change the destiny of a nation, a city, a family or a community wherever that person has influence.

As by one man's disobedience many were made sinners; by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous - Romans 5 vs. 19. One man, Jesus, paid our sin bills, brought us back to the father and gave us eternal life. One man cannot do everything, but one man can do something that will affect everybody. If you don't make any impact on earth, you will die before you die. But if you impress hearts and Nature with what you do, you will still live even after you are gone. Robert F. Kennedy wrote, "Some believe that there is nothing one man or one woman can do against the enormous array of the world's ills - against misery, against ignorance, or injustice and violence. Yet many of the world's great moments of thought and action have flown from the work of one single man. A young monk began the Protestant reformation, a young general extended the empire from Macedonia to the borders of the earth, and a young woman reclaimed the territory of France. It was a young Italian explorer who discovered the New World, and thirty-two year old Thomas Jefferson who proclaimed that all men are created equal. 'Give me a place to stand,' said Archimedes, 'and I will move the world.' These men moved the world, so we all can."

One life can make a difference, and that life can be you!

Let me conclude with this scripture from the Holy Book: 2 Timothy 2 vs. 21 - "If a man therefore purge himself from these..." From what and what?

If a man, therefore, purges himself from hatred, envy, fear, ignorance, impatience, laziness, foolish imitation, selfishness, pride, and other self-seeking virtues and actions, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work.

YES! You can make a difference!
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