Sat. Apr 17th, 2021

This column is an attempt to explain the phenomenon I call “WOW!” It’s impossible to define it. You can’t put it in a box or sum it up neatly in a definition. But we all know it when we see it, feel it, or sense it. Every month I want to provide insights into why some leaders and churches have the “WOW” and some don’t. Why some had it but lost it and how you can get it and keep it.

Let’s start this first article with the WOW Factor of One.

The WOW Factor is all about the power of one. Not just the number but the potential it represents. One idea or one moment or one person can have such a terrific influence that can shape futures, change lives, impact people and make an eternal difference.

One single person has the potential to affect everyone he or she meets in such a way that their lives are affected in a positive way that creates unbelievable growth.

I know you have heard of the following WOW Factor people:

  • George Washington
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • George Washington Carver
  • Jesus Christ

One person with an attitude that is positive and upbeat can have such influence on others that it goes high above all boundaries, whether they are racial, social, cultural, or even geographic.

Don’t sell yourself short that you can’t make a difference. You have within you the innate possibilities to have an inconceivable positive influence on others. Your impact can outlive you and last long after you have ceased to exist.

A WOW Factor person understands that what a person is will leave a far greater impact on others than what a person does. You may not be able to change your past, but you can change your future. Let’s look for the WOW in our days and nights. Believe that you have within you the God-given potential and awesome power to influence others in such a way that you make in them a life-changing difference.

I am determined to leave behind the greatest legacy I possibly can. Won’t you join me in the pursuit of the “WOW!”


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Tom Foster is the Bishop of Dallas First Church in Dallas, Tx. He is the Presbyter of the SE Section of the North Texas District and the Church Growth Director for the UPCI. You can follow him @tomfoster54 or email him: