One Person Can Make a Difference

This morning Norma Jean and I are going to vote for the first time in Missouri.  While we’re not in a swing state in the Presidential race, we believe it’s important to exercise our constitutional right and privilege as American citizens.

But Ohio…well, that’s another story!  Everything goes through Ohio.  It has for a long time.  Let me share a story that goes back a few years.

In 1948  Missourian Harry Truman was running against John Dewey for President.  Dewey was the front-runner.   And everyone believed he would win.

So much so that the Chicago Tribune, who once called Truman a “nincompoop,” made one of the most embarrassing errors in journalistic history.  Because many east coast states had not reported, the paper relied on political analyst Arthur Sears Henning, its veteran Washington correspondent, who had predicted the winner in four of the past five presidential elections.  He said Dewey would win.  The polls supported it. Conventional wisdom said it was so. It seemed inevitable. So the Tribune went to press with the banner headline “DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN.”

The Tribune’s erroneous headline became infamous after a triumphant Truman was photographed holding a copy of the paper the next morning during a stop at St. Louis Union Station as he returned from his home in Independence, Missouri, to Washington.

Now here’s the real kicker.  In 1948 Ohio had 9, 247 voting precincts.  Truman won the state by just 7,107 votes.  What if just one Truman voter in each precinct had voted for Dewey?  Or what if they had just stayed home and said, “Dewey’s got it.  My vote won’t matter anyway!”  In that case, Dewey would have won the state of Ohio with it’s 25 electoral votes! And won the election. I wonder how it might have changed history?  One thing is for sure, there would be no Truman Presidential Library for me to visit up the road in Independence!

You see one person can make a difference.  One vote in your precinct can impact a state.  A nation.  A world.   My point? It’s not really to get Buckeyes out to vote!  But to encourage us to think about the difference we can make daily in our personal lives.

You can make a difference where you work.  How you treat your co-workers.  Your customers. Your boss.  Your employees.  Are others inspired by your work-ethic?  Are they encouraged by your honesty?  Are they motivated by your loyalty?

You can make a difference in your home.  In how you love your wife.  Your husband. Your children.  Abraham Lincoln credited his mother for making a big difference in his life.  He said, “All that I am, all that I hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.”  My Dad became a Christian through the influence my Mom.  There are men who are preachers today because of the influence of godly parents.  Moms and Dads, you are making a difference.

You can make a difference in your social circle.  I’m associated with many young people who live soberly, righteously and godly in this perverse, sinful society.  They serve as a great example in their school.  In their extra curriculum activities.  When they hang out with their friends.  I know a young Christian who invited his friend to church.  Shared the gospel.  And his friend obeyed the gospel.  Today he is a gospel preacher.  And touched the lives of thousands of people.

You may not think you have a lot of influence.  But you’d be surprised who’s watching.  Who’s listening.  Who’s impacted by your simple, quiet and unassuming Christian demeanor.

You see, your one “vote” counts.  When it’s a vote for Christ.  For Christianity.  For Truth.  And it counts in a huge way when as a Christian Community we not only talk the walk, but walk the walk.   Believe Him when he says….

 “You are the salt of the earth…you are the light of the world….In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven” (Matt 5:13-16)

–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman

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5 responses to “One Person Can Make a Difference

  1. mike fletcher

    thank you Ken, once again

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  2. Brenda

    Amen! Thanks for the history lesson which I’m about to share with the kids and more importantly for the encouragement!

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  3. Billie

    GREAT ARTICLE AND SO APPROPRIATE! ARE WE SO EXCITED AND MOTIVATED TO TELL PEOPLE ABOUT CHRIST, AS WE ARE TODAY TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE THE MOST CONSERVATIVE IN THE WHITE HOUSE. I NEED TO ANSWER THIS QUESTION MYSELF.

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