The Power of One

by Katy Kauffman

The Pakistani mountain called “K2” has been nicknamed the “Savage Mountain” because “for every four climbers that reach the summit, one dies trying.”1 Many feel it’s more difficult to climb than Mt. Everest, which is only 800 feet taller.2

In 1953, a group of American mountain climbers gave up on their attempt to conquer the summit when one of them developed blood clots. Secured by ropes, the team descended the mountain. One of the climbers lost his footing on an icy slope and fell,  bringing five of the team with him. But one man held his ground. Pete Schoening thrust his ice axe into the slope. The axe held fast, securing the rope and saving the climbers attached to it.  

The brave act of one person matters so much. We don’t have to be on the side of a mountain to hold our ground. When tragedy, fear, or Satan tries to bring our friends or loved ones down into desperation or ruin, we can “secure the rope” with our words, love, and prayers. We can take action to show them they are not alone in the fight for survival. Life is a team sport. Each player matters to the team.

Never think that because you’re just one person, you can’t make a difference in someone’s life. Each of us may be just one, but we have the power of the great One working inside of us. Jesus, the Rescuer of souls and Healer of hearts, acts in our lives and in the lives of the people we care about. By His strength and guidance, we can act to secure someone’s rope and help save them from a treacherous fall. After all, Jesus is securing our rope. We can learn from Him how to be a help and an anchor for others.

Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
Galatians 6:2 NKJV

This week, think about how you can be there for someone else—by speaking a word of encouragement, sending an e-mail, praying God’s grace and power to be evident in their lives, or just by sitting with them and listening. Look for ways to bless people with strength this week, and may the God of strength give grace to your own soul. For each of us, God is always securing the rope.



1Dan Lepore, “10 Tragic Mountaineering Accidents,” Listverse, last modified July 28, 2011, accessed July 21, 2014,

2Jerome Ryan, “K2 - 8611m - #2 In The World,” Mountains of Travel Photos, last modified April 2014, accessed July 21, 2014,


© Copyright 2018 by Katy Kauffman, adapted from 2014


mountain climbing, K2, making a difference, The Power of One, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies

Comments (2)

  • anon

    Katy, your analogy was easy to picture as I read. Sometimes large or complicated problems seem insurmountable or overwhelming. Thank you for reminding us that each step matters. 

    Jul 26, 2018
  • anon

    That's so true. Each choice can play a big part in the outcome. Thank you for stopping by and sharing, Jeannie!

    Jul 26, 2018

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