June 22, 2018

Pastoral Nuggets: One

Brother-Aaron-236x300“One is the loneliest number that you’ll ever do – Two can be as bad as one It’s the loneliest number since the number one – No is the saddest experience you’ll ever know – Yes, it’s the saddest experience you’ll ever know – ‘Cause one is the loneliest number that you’ll ever do – One is the loneliest number, whoa-oh, worse than two …”

Wow!  I told my age with that one, didn’t I?  For those who may not know, those are a portion of the lyrics to: “One” by Three Dog Night.

These lyrics, and perhaps society itself, seem to cast aspersions on the value of one person, or perhaps better stated, on the belief that the actions of just one person can actually change something. However, “one” can make a difference! I want to share three stories today where “one” made a difference.

November 8 2016, vying for a seat on the Franklin, Georgia City Council, Cindy Putzek squared off against Linda Phillips and two other opponents. She won by a single vote.

I would dare say that both Cindy Putzek and Linda Phillips would strongly disagree with any suggestion that “one” doesn’t matter and that “one” cannot make a difference!

Recently, I posted on my Facebook Page regarding the transgender bathroom debacle that Target Stores created this summer. My point was that since Target had no problem insulting Conservative Christians, I had no problem not shopping there.

I also figured that with Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and the Christmas buying season approaching, most likely they were counting on us forgetting – or at least placing money above principle.

I then asked for anybody who agreed with me to share my post. So far, 152 people have shared and 10,921 people have been reached! Think about that – 10,921 people reached by one Facebook Post. Wow!

Around forty-three years ago, I made a deal with a friend to borrow his bass guitar amplifier on a Sunday afternoon. His stipulation was that I attend church with him that night. I went. While there, Jesus gloriously saved my soul!  A few weeks later, in that same church, I met the most gorgeous creature I have ever met. I married her six months later. That was forty-two years ago.

Four children, seven grandchildren, and one great-grandchild have been the product of that union. Also, I was baptized, called to preach, preached my first sermon, and was licensed and ordained into the ministry – in that church. Since then I have had the privilege of serving as the pastor of five different churches and as Associational Missionary for the Troup Baptist Association.

I have preached revivals throughout the Southeast, authored two books, and for twenty plus years have preached to thousands through a weekly radio ministry. Through all of this, countless people have given their lives to Jesus and many have surrender to both vocational and volunteer ministry.

Now, perhaps you’re thinking that this column is one of the most egotistical things you’ve ever read.  Perhaps it sounds like a “Brag on Aaron” column. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. The whole message of this column is about the potential of: “one.” One vote decided an election; one Facebook post expressed an opinion to 10,921 people, and one deal brokered by one young man resulted in my salvation, marriage, family, and ministry. “One” made a difference!

I wonder – are you the “one” God is challenging today? If so, whatever it is, just do it. You will make a difference for Jesus if you will. And yes, I’m talking to you! Yes, you! You’re the “one” He wants – or He wouldn’t be calling you!

Brother Aaron  

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