We all have it, whether we are aware of it or not. We all influence people around us. We have a direct impact on their lives. We have a profound and deep affect on them. Let me challenge you to become intentionally aware of the influence you have, and do not doubt how far reaching that may be.
I’ve had several reasons to begin thinking about this. The first started with my recent stay in the hospital. Moore people were impacted by me being ill than I had ever considered. The number of people concerned about me, praying for me, and hoping for my recovery astounded me. I have come to realize I am a social person, and I love to talk to people, but I didn’t realize how many people truly took notice of, and cared about, me.
A heartfelt thank you goes out to all of you. I thank God for you, for your prayers, your love, your notice, attention, and support. You are a blessing to me!
The next big reason I’ve been thinking about my “circle” of influence is because we are considering moving. I’ve made a comfortable life here, I love the culture here, and I have many reservations about leaving. I have people that come to my mind immediately that I would miss deeply. I also then have people that I don’t encounter frequently, but when I do, I am always blessed. One such lady, a woman who works at the local library, is so dear. She has always been so kind, and helpful. I always look forward to seeing her when I’m at the library. I love to visit with her. Every day I’m presented with a new consideration for people that I will miss, and I truly believe the scope of it won’t fully hit me until I’ve been gone for a few weeks.
This also got me thinking about how God wants to use me to minister to others. I wonder, how many times has someone been watching me, without me even realizing it, and did I shine for the glory of God? Did God receive praise because of me, or did I further some one’s doubts or insecurities. Oh Lord, please put your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth! I don’t want to plant doubt, or grow insecurity. I want to shine Your light so bright that You would receive all the glory, honor, and praise forevermore. I want to reflect the love of Christ in my words and actions.
I challenge you, as we are all working on growing and making changes for the New Year, examine your heart. Recognize that your influence reaches beyond yourself and what you realize, and please turn on your light, shine for Christ, you never know who is watching!