"God's great paradox is that nations are not changed from the top down but from the bottom up, not by government edicts or kingly proclamations, but by ordinary people's lives transformed, one by one. That was the case in the days of the early church, which eventually rocked the Roman Empire, and it's the case today in places like India. . . . God can use any of us to make a significant difference for Christ in this broken world. And the means of doing it are not some grand plan or program, but something right there on the path in front of us. At first we might not recognize it. It may not look like much. Then we might see it as a quest, an opportunity - or an interruption. We can choose to pass it by. Or we can pick it up."

(Ellen Vaughn, from The God Who Hung on the Cross, Zondervan, 2003)