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Sunday, February 27, 2011

The Power of One

Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? Luke 15:4
“I love your blog. Keep up the good work...” My tears blurred the rest of the e-mail as I bowed my head. “Lord, You knew just what I needed today. Thank you.” The last few weeks had been hard as I tried to adjust to the changes that my continued eye problems necessitated. With reduced computer time and daily tasks taking longer, I had decided that morning to let go of blogging.

But through the day, as the words of the e-mail flitted through my mind, I reconsidered my decision, and marveled at the influence of one person’s words. As the sun’s rays disappeared beneath the horizon, I remembered the Shepherd who left the ninety-nine in the pen to search for the missing one. The One whose love embraces us one at a time, whose call reaches one heart at a time—something that’s sometimes obscured by mass communication, social networking, platform building, and marketing’s emphasis on numbers. So I’m still blogging, keeping in mind that God’s economics are different than mine. His words, written through each of us, wrap themselves around the hearts of one reader at a time, and maybe one reader reaches out to another and another…the power of one.

When Anita Mellott isn’t homeschooling, she writes to encourage others (From the Mango Tree  ( She has more than ten years of experience as a writer/editor in the nonprofit world. Her book of devotionals for homeschooling parents will be released by Judson Press in summer 2011.


  1. Words are so powerful! Thanks for sharing this.

  2. Thank you for sharing these words of encouragement. Praying for God's working with your eye difficulty.

  3. This is why, in my workshops, I always encourage students to write to authors when they read something that helps them. It takes away the feeling that we're writing to an unknown audience. That one letter or e-mail can make a difference in our day.

  4. Anita, you've written to encourage others. Now, it's time for others to return the favor. Keep doing what you're doing. In the words of Paul: "Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing." 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (New International Version, ©2010)

  5. Thanks so much, Jeanne, Christine, Donna and Emily. God bless!

  6. Beautiful, Anita, so true. Thank you for sharing your heart.

  7. I believe somany are looking for someone and something to connect to online, and your blog fulfills that need, Anita. How wise of you to "keep on" until the Lord directs otherwise.

  8. Bless that fellow for writing such kind words.

    I want to be a good author from long long time and trying to put efforts now against the will of everyone around

    I am blogging (from past few weeks) and sometimes feel nothing is happening on the blog, no one is reading my posts and such

    Hope I too will receive such cool words one day
    with warm regards


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