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ONE…is a powerful word and position. Who has not wanted to be number one in something? A wife wants to be that in her husband’s life. Nations vie to be the one dominant super power. Athletic teams work diligently to finish number one. And even more exhilarating is becoming the ‘first one’ to do something. Try the first astronaut in space, then stepping foot on the moon. Scientists and engineers labor to be the first one to create or discover a new invention or breakthrough. For most, it is what drives us. We are simply competitive, many to a fault.


One of the first books I read on golf was by Jack Nicklaus. One thing I still remember and practiced all my golfing life was this: have only one swing thought when you are ready to approach the ball. Tiger Woods said his one thought overriding everything was to stay in the present. Do you see and hear the power of one? Titleist has long been the number one golf ball of choice, by far. Auto companies are always shooting to be the number one car or truck each year. You have heard the commercial countless times-‘Ford, Best in Texas.’ Home of the # 1 selling Cars and Trucks in Texas.
When my grandson, Luke, was playing football in high school, I wrote him a note entitled: “Audience of One”. And that plays in all areas in our lives. Whenever you start trying to please everyone, you tend to fail at the one thing. As in sports, life presents those who are for you, and those who oppose you. So, do you work to show up the naysayers or to please those who are on your side? If you try to please everyone, you will end up pleasing no one. I suggest all of those are recipes for failure. There is a higher calling for all of us.
God’s word is always spot-on! Since he is the One who created you, he surely knows what will offer you the most success and joy. “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men” (Col. 3:23 NKJV). Whatever! For One! It will cause less confusion. You don’t have to scurry around trying to impress people who may or may not care one iota about you unless you are prospering them somehow.
Even your own parents can be just as fickled. The Psalmist got it right. “When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take care of me” (27:10). Wouldn’t you want to please someone who was there for you through thick or thin? “For the Lord will not cast off His people, nor will He forsake His inheritance” (94:14). Playing to the audience of One is so rewarding, so joyful, so eternally endearing. And the scriptures tell us God is singing over us.
What if you went to bed focused on pleasing him, and awoke with the same mindset? Wouldn’t it make all the difference in your productivity, peace, joy, confidence, witness? People would see a difference in your countenance right away. It would show up in your work product, your interaction with clients, fellow workers and family, prayer life, handling your finances, your giving, serving, worship, personal growth, spiritual power and more. Because you are focusing your energy on serving One, not many!
And now–bring your focus to bear on this great truth. It will put the exclamation point on all you do here on earth for the audience of One. “Behold, the day of the Lord is coming…’And the Lord shall be King over all the earth. In that day it shall be“The Lord is one,” and His name one” (Zech. 14:9) You will have blessed others incredibly well because you served him well. The truth is; you became a channel for God to be extremely effective through you. And that is all that matters in that Day! And as in the parable of the talents, the words you so long to hear will echo in your ears–

“Well Done”–because you played to the audience of One.
O, the power of one!



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Bill C. Dotson

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