I am just one guy. I am not very important. Yet when I look at the state of my country, I wonder what I can do. Fortunately, I can look into the past — into the Bible — and see what wiser men have done before.
Joshua 24:14-15 New King James Version (NKJV)
14 “Now therefore, fear the Lord, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord! 15 And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
Joshua 24 is the last chapter in the Book of Joshua. The Book of Joshua tells us how Joshua led the Hebrews into the Promised Land and conquered. Now Joshua has grown old, but he has one thing left to do. He calls the People together. He reviews their history, and he asks them to reaffirm their loyalty to the Lord. And the people renew their covenant with the Lord. After that, the Bible tells us that Joshua and Eleazar (the priest) died.
Even though Joshua had served as their war leader, he knew from experience he could not make the people love God. At best, Joshua could only influence his own house. When I think about that, I am forced reconsider my own limitations. I have only a trifling ability to influence the world about me. Even on this small planet, a tiny part of creation, mine is a small influence. Yet the end of his life, Joshua, someone powerful enough to call together all the tribes of Israel, claimed no more influence than I might have.
But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.
If we can set a good example for our spouse and teach our children to serve the Lord, we may not save the world, but we can help to save the souls of the people most important to us.