How One Person Can Make a Difference

By: Woody Godbey

A lot of HAVE-NOTS in the church desire to make an impact for the cause of Christ in the world but are waiting until they HAVE.

There are also a lot of young people in the church who think that making an impact in the world is just for adults. Well let me give you a few facts I hope will change your heart.
Throughout the Bible we see the young and the have-nots making an impact in the world. As you read through the Scriptures you will see that some of the Lord’s greatest victories are led by the young and the have-nots. The young man Joseph in spite of imprisonment and slavery saved both his family and the rest of the world from starvation. And look at Samuel who heard the Lord call his name when he was still a child. No one would stand up against Goliath but a boy named David defeated the Philistine champion. Jesus, our Lord and Savior was delivered to us by a girl named Mary who yielded herself to God. And also, look at Josiah an 8 year old King who led Judah in its last great revival.

Those are just a few of the many examples we have in Scripture of unlikely people making an impact in the world. I can't remember if it was an evangelist or missionary who came to our church and told a story that really touched my heart.

The story is about a little girl named Hattie May Wiatt. Hattie lived near a church where the Sunday school was very crowded and one day the pastor saw her crying outside the building because there was no room inside and he told her that one day when they had raised enough money they would have buildings big enough to allow everyone to attend who wanted to. Not long after that Hattie May became sick and died. The pastor was asked to do the funeral and the girl’s mother told him that Hattie May had been saving money to help build a bigger church and gave him the little purse in which she had saved 57 cents. The year was 1886 when 57 cents was no small savings account for a little girl from a poor family. The pastor had the 57 cents turned into 57 pennies, told the congregation the story of little Hattie May and sold the pennies for a return of about $250. In addition, 54 of the original 57 pennies were returned to the pastor and he put them up on display. Some of the members of the church formed what they called the Wiatt Mite Society which was dedicated to making Hattie May’s 57 cents grow as much as possible and to buy the property for the Primary Department of the Sunday school. A house nearby was purchased with the $250 that Hattie May’s 57 cents had produced. The first classes of Temple College, later Temple University, were held in that house. It was later sold to allow Temple College to move and the growth of Temple, along with the founding of the Good Samaritan Hospital (Now the Temple University Hospital) along with the 3500 seat auditorium of Temple Baptist Church serve as powerful testimonies to the leadership of a little girl named Hattie May. A young girl who had nothing had an impact that is still impacting lives today.

Hattie May Wiatt made a difference because she caught sight of a vision and she decided to take action. What about you? Do you have a vision of what God can do in and through you? You can make an impact with your life whether you have or have not, whether you’re young or aged.

Start - today
Seek - the Lord
Surrender - completely
See - the vision
Share - your fifty seven cents

Lord, open our eyes, not to see our potential but your greatness. Help us so that we don't waste our lives and leave this world without making an impact. It may be making an impact on our family, our friends, our community or maybe the world; but help us to surrender completely, to see the vision of what you have in store for our lives. In Jesus Name, Amen!