Monday, August 22, 2011

It Only Takes One

It on ly takes one...

… bad apple to spoil the whole bunch
… wave to wreck a sand castle
… spark to get a fire going
… to change a lightbulb…
… to change the course of history…

Telemachus, a fourth century monk, felt God calling him to Rome. When he got to Rome, people were running about the city in great confusion. He had arrived on a day when the gladiators were going to fight in the Coliseum. Everyone was heading there to watch the entertainment.

Telemachus thought this must be why God had called him to Rome. He walked into the Coliseum, and sat down among the 80,000 people who cheered as the gladiators came out proclaiming, “Hail Caesar! We die to the glory of Caesar.”

The little monk thought to himself, Here we are, four centuries after Christ, in a civilized nation, and people are killing one another for the entertainment of the crowd.

Telemachus got up out of his seat, ran down the steps, climbed over the wall, walked out to the center of the amphitheater and stood between two large gladiators. Putting his hands up, he meekly cried out, “In the name of Christ, stop!” The crowd laughed and jeered. One of the gladiators slapped Telemachus in the stomach with his sword and sent him spinning off into the dust.

Telemachus got up again and stood between the two huge gladiators. He repeated, “In the name of Christ, stop.” This time the crowd chanted “Run him through!” One of the gladiators took his sword and ran it through Telemachus’ stomach. He fell into the dust and the sand turned red as blood ran out of him. One last time, Telemachus weakly cried out, “In the name of Christ, stop.” He died on the amphitheater floor.

The crowd grew silent, and within minutes they emptied out of the Coliseum. History records that thanks to Telemachus this was the last gladiator contest in the history of the Roman Empire.

It only takes one… 

When we look at the beauty of where we live it often overshadows the fact that there are some serious problems in our community.
… Houses are getting broken into and destroyed…
… vandalism and violence are increasing…
… drug and alcohol use is rampant among the youth…
We need to fight for our community, our children, and take a stand. There is such a thing as right and wrong, and though many would deny it, we need to uphold what is good and right and true.

It is time to stop turning a blind eye towards the problems in this town and do something about it. You have the opportunity to make a difference. Will it take work? Yes. Will you be the most popular person in town? Probably Not!! Will it be worth it? Most Definitely!!

You can be ONE who changes the course of history for West Kelowna and beyond.

God loves to use one person to make a big difference in the world, and He wants to use you.

Give me a call and let’s talk… 250.769.5481