Have you ever wondered if your life really makes a difference? Well, you probably make a bigger impact than you realize. It’s amazing what a difference one person can make.
For instance, I think about a minister noted in the Bible as John the Baptist. When Jesus walked the earth, not everyone received Him as the Savior, but John the Baptist was one of His most vocal witnesses. He made a powerful statement when some people asked him who he was, declaring, “I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness: Make straight the way of the LORD” (John 1:23, NKJV). He was clear about his role as “the voice of one” for the Lord, and we can continue to fill a similar role today.
You may not always be the voice of the majority, but you can be the voice of one. You can’t control what everybody else is saying, but you can determine your one voice! It’s remarkable what God can do through one voice.
For instance, I remember a time in my freshman year of college when I was considering changing my major. I was really wrestling with my decision, and one night I shared my thoughts with my grandparents over the phone. After we talked, I started to hang up, and my grandfather suddenly got back on the phone. “Evan,” he shared, “I know what you were telling me about changing your major is a big decision, but I think it’s a good one.” That one statement really helped to solidify in my mind what I needed to do. I believe God spoke through my grandfather to offer me the voice of guidance.
I remember another time at a former job when I was discouraged about my work. One of my coworkers came to me and said, “For what it’s worth, I think you’re doing a really good job.” That simple word really lifted my spirits and meant so much. In that moment, I believe God spoke through my coworker to offer the voice of encouragement.
I remember another time in which a fellow church member shared some thoughts God had specifically laid on his heart to tell me. His words came at just the right time. I was uncertain about a recent career move, but his insight assured me that I was on the right track. In that moment, I believe God spoke through my church brother to offer the voice of comfort.
You never know when you’re the one voice God is using to change someone’s life. When I was a senior in high school, one of my friends shared that he had given his heart to the Lord as a 7th grader after I had invited him to a youth revival. The interesting thing is that I didn’t even remember inviting him. Still, God had used me to be a voice of invitation that had an eternal impact.
In each of these cases, it took just one person and one moment to make a huge difference. So, whether you’re offering a voice of guidance, encouragement, comfort, invitation, or another good thing, be faithful to share it boldly. Don’t be discouraged because you’re only one voice; be encouraged by how much God can use one voice!
Your one voice could be the fuel that gets someone through a tough day. Your one voice could provide direction for someone who is lost. Your one voice could be the voice that changes someone’s life forever.