Dashrath Manjhi was, in many ways, a very unassuming man.

A poor labourer from the Bihar region of India, tragedy struck when his wife died due to a lack of medical treatment.  Between his town and the nearest doctor was a mountain that made the trip 70 kilometres long and she was unable to receive necessary treatment for an accident before succumbing to her injuries.

Broken-hearted, but determined not to allow others from his village suffer the same fate, Dashrath spent the next 22 years of his life on a single-minded purpose.

Armed with a hammer, chisel, shovel and wheelbarrow, he worked day and night to single-handedly carve a 360 foot road through the mountain that could be accessed by bicycle and motorbike, dramatically increasing access to schools, markets and medical facilities for his village and 60 others.

What an extraordinary achievement!

I’m inspired by Dashrath because he reminds me that one person can make a difference.

I don’t know what your mountain is, but if you have the faith, the passion, the focus and are willing to roll up your sleeves, you too can do remarkable things that make a difference in the world around you.

Dashrath himself said, “What I did is there for everyone to see. When God is with you, nothing can stop you.”

And in Matthew 17:20, Jesus says, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move.”

So let me ask you, do you have the faith to move mountains, or at least carve a big road through one?

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