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One thing

One thing

Source: Jeff Gunn, August 5, 2015

The apostle Paul knew what his “one thing” was. Do you?

City Slickers

You might recall the movie “City Slickers” and the little dialogue between Curly and Mitch, as Curly holds one finger in the air.

Curly: Do you know what the secret of life is? It’s this.

(He’s clearly referring to the single finger he’s holding up.)

Mitch: Your finger?

Curly: One thing. Just one thing. You stick to that and the rest don’t mean a thing.

Mitch: But what is the “one thing”?

Curly: [smiles, and says…] That’s what you have to find out.

The One Thing

Authors Gary Keller and Jay Papasan talk about “The One Thing” in their book of the same name. I “borrowed” the above illustration from the first pages of this excellent and very thought-provoking book. The sub-title of the book is “The surprisingly simple truth behind extraordinary results.” Their contention is that “extraordinary results are directly determined by how narrow you can make your focus” (p. 10).

So “go small”, Keller and Papasan say. And quite logically, chapter one concludes with this statement, “When you go as small as possible, you’ll be staring at one thing. And that’s the point.”

Our one thing

Well, the apostle Paul had it. He knew his “one thing” with great clarity and certainty. He actually takes it one step further than Curly did — he shares his one thing. And it’s clear that his one thing is intended to be everyone’s one thing.

What’s the one thing that we need to discover? What’s the one thing we need to stick to? What’s the one thing that, once you have it, you don’t really need one other thing?


If you have Jesus, you have all you’ll ever truly need. The reality is, Jesus is the One Thing behind all extraordinary results.

“Go small,” like Paul did, and you’ll find yourself staring at Jesus.

“For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified” (1 Corinthians 2:2, NIV).

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