Many centuries ago, a woman almost underestimated the power of one. She thought things were too far gone.  She did not think there was anything she could do before all the Jews would be killed. 

The woman’s name was Esther, the Jewish wife of the Persian king. He was the one about to be tricked into making a disastrous decision and exterminate all the Jews. Esther had been adopted and her father realized she alone held the key to the heart of the King. Her adopted father appealed to her conscience and said to her” if you remain silent at this time, you and the house of your father will perish. (Esther 4:14).

Esther listened to his request. He got her attention with his final line “And who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this” (Esther 4:14) That statement convinced her.  Esther broke long standing protocol, marched into the throne room of the king and spoke her mind. Esther and Esther alone rescued the Jews from being killed. One woman, one voice, saved an entire nation.  She was willing to stand in the gap, to get personally involved, to the point of great sacrifice.  Esther stated in 4:16 “If I perish, I perish”.

Esther never thought SOMEONE ELSE SHOULD BE DOING THIS, NOT ME.  SHE DID NOT IGNORE THE NEED BECAUSE OF THE RISK.  Sacrifice is the stuff people who make a difference are made of.    

How much difference can ONE make?

            I am only one, but still, I am one.

            I cannot do everything, but still, I can do something.

          And because I cannot do everything,

           I WILL NOT REFUSE TO DO THE SOMETHING THAT I CAN DO.  (Edward Everett Hale)

Please put aside all excuses and ask yourself.  What should I be doing?