One person can make a difference. Even against insurmountable odds, the right person in the right place at the right time can affect the outcome of events.
Consider David and Goliath. David was still a kid without whiskers grown in. The Bible speaks of his youth and that he was ruddy. Out of all of the warriors Israel had to offer up, none of them were willing to go out and face Goliath in one to one combat on the battle field. David didn’t even belong there. He was still tending his father’s sheep.
As a matter of fact, David was still young enough to be the family gopher. His dad sent him with supplies for his brothers who were part of the army and wanted him to carry back news about the state of things. No one ever expected him to get there and pick a fight with the giant that made everyone else shudder in their shoes – including the king. When he stepped out to face the giant, you can bet that no one expected him to be the last man standing on that battlefield.
Audie Murphy was one of the most decorated soldiers in World War II. He not only survived, but came out with a chest full of medals for his heroic deeds. He was born to a sharecropping family in Texas and his dad deserted them. He had to drop out of school in fifth grade to start picking cotton and help support the family. When he enlisted, their best hopes were probably that he would just come back alive.
I like this quote from Audie Murphy. ” Seems to me that if you’re afraid or living with some big fear, you’re not really living. You’re only half alive. I don’t care if it’s the boss you’re scared of or a lot of people in a room or diving off of a dinky little board – you’ve got to get rid of that fear. You owe it to yourself. Makes sort of a zombie out of you, being afraid. I mean you want to be free, don’t you? How can you be if you’re scared. That’s prison. Fear’s a jailer. Mind now, I’m not a professor on the subject. I just found out for myself.”
David and Audie were both men who knew how to overcome their fears and become leaders of men.