“What man among you having a hundred sheep and losing one of them would not leave the ninety-nine in the desert and go after the lost one until he finds it?
Luke 15:4 NABRE

Sometimes we feel as if we can’t make a difference. That the small things we do or say have no impact. Well let me tell you a story.

One of my officers responded to a suicide call whereby the grace of God, he arrived before the young man went through with it. He was able to get him out of the house safely and into a mental health facility. The young man had suffered for years with depression and other mental health problems. But the officer did not stop there. He befriended the man, called him, cared for him, encouraged him to give his life to God and to go back to church. That week, the man made amends with his family, began attending church and the universe fell into place for him. But the very next week while all was the best it had ever been, the young man died in a horrific car accident with his best friend,  both leaving behind wives and young children.

The officer was devastated. Through tears he said to me, “but we had plans to go to church together.” Then silence. Several weeks later, I received a call from the young man’s father to go over the return of his son’s property. It was then that he said this to me. “Melissa, I have to share with you what this officer did for my son. All his life he struggled. He was going downhill. This officer befriended my son, brought him back to God and saved my son’s life. That week in therapy,  my son asked me for my forgiveness, we hugged and I had the peace in my heart that I had prayed for for so long. He became a better person, asked forgiveness from everyone in the family and came back to church. So at the funeral in my despair, I thanked God. I did not lose my son to suicide because of this officer. My son was lost and was found and returned to God in peace as I had always prayed.  Yes it hurts to lose my son, but I have peace in my heart because of what your officer did.  I will never have to live with the image of my son taking his own life.”

The story moved me more than any other I had ever heard. It took me days, maybe even weeks to reflect on it. How the power of one effected so many and how we have that same power daily to effect that same change. Today, reflect and ask God to send you one. Or if you know the one, go after them. We are made to bring souls to God, and this is our purpose. Reflect on this officer’s story to remember the Holy Spirit, the power that the Lord has given you. Reach out to that one today and set the earth on fire for the love of God.

Pass it on…

7 thoughts on “Be the One to the One

  1. atimetoshare.me says:

    Such a touching story. Tragic, yet full of grace when you think about it. The man was given a second chance to turn his life around. When he did, he was ready to go to his heavenly home. How precious is that?

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    1. Melissa Zelniker-Presser says:

      Just amazing…

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  2. paulfg says:

    Welcome back (again!)

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    1. Melissa Zelniker-Presser says:

      😊😊😊

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  3. If I didn’t know this to be true, one would think it is not real. But we know, the story is real and God is real. Please tell that officer that he is a true hero and God is very proud of his disciple. Great post babe.

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    1. Melissa Zelniker-Presser says:

      ❤❤❤

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  4. This is such a beautiful story of redemption. I’m sorry to hear of the young man’s tragic passing, but I hope the officer is encouraged because his obedience in bringing the young man back to God resulted in another soul in heaven, perfected and forever in union with our great God!

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