I am only one; but still I am one

I came across this quote on social media recently.

“I am only one; but still I am one. I cannot do everything; but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.”

Edward Everett Hale

It made me think about what I could do. The list isn’t exhaustive but…

  • I can listen to my son talk about what’s caught his interest
  • I can enjoy and thank my husband for the dinner he cooks most nights when he’s not working
  • I can change the toilet roll so the next person doesn’t have to
  • I can check in on friends – text messages are great that way. They can answer in their own time.
  • I can do the dishes even when I don’t want to.

When the world seems too broken and the problems too big for any one person to solve, I find it helpful to know God is in control.

I am thankful that we as individuals can still do good works He has set out for us to do, no matter how small or ordinary it feels.

So…to friends who’ve ever felt hopeless or useless, swamped by the big evil things of this world, we have a God who has conquered it all.

While we wait for a better world to come, it’s good to know there are practical things we can do now in His name and for His glory.

We cannot do everything. But we can all do something. All is not lost. Hope is not gone.

Thank you, Jesus.


  1. You may already know the “Starfish” story… An old man who would walk down the beach every morning, stopping here and there to throw starfish that had washed onto the beach back into the sea.
    “Why do you bother when they’ll just wash up on the beach again?” asked his grandson. “What difference does it make?”
    Tossing another starfish into the waves, the old man replied, “It just made difference to that one.”

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