Your Influence Matters
Your Influence Matters
May 31, 2018
"My Thought for Your Day" by Paul Minzlaff
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When is the last time you stood in front of a mirror and just stared? I mean really stared – lights on, both eyes wide open. Did you like what you saw?
As your eyes gaze into the mirror, do you see disappointment, the sins of a lifetime reflected back to you? But now look again with “eyes of faith” and ask yourself a life changing question: “What do I think God sees when He looks at me?” I am not sure how you might answer that question today. But let me confidently tell you how I think God would respond: He sees His child; He sees someone He loves; He sees that you have influence in this world, influence that He placed in your heart.
Have you ever considered who is watching you as you live out your life? I mean, at this very moment who is watching you? The sobering truth is that everyone is watching and judging you at the same time. If you allow yourself to reflect on this fact, it can be a bit overwhelming. Our sinful nature is too often on display and it’s not a pretty sight.
If we start by recognizing that we each have influence, whether we choose to or not, it allows us to accept this responsibility with new found energy and commitment. Why not start fresh today and examine yourself to see if you are being guided by faith, by God’s word? When we realize that we have “failed the test” that life has placed in front of us, we find hope knowing that we are a work in progress – forgiven and restored in these words: “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” While we strive for perfection and fail, our pursuit of perfection has us strengthen our life.
Influence does not need to be difficult. You don’t need special training or a new vocabulary.Allow me to share a quick example with a simple human element: touch. Have you watched a teacher dry the tears of a student or people embrace at a funeral? Have you marveled at the hands of a physician who healed the sick? How often might we respond, “I am not a teacher, not a physician – I don’t have the courage or the words to comfort someone.” Stop thinking that way. Rather, ask yourself this: what gifts and abilities has God given me so that I can influence people to know that I have the love of God in my heart? Consider what you can do –bake a pie, write a letter, dial the phone, rake the leaves of a neighbor. You have been given hands to serve. You just have to decide to share the “touch” you have been provided.
Using the words of the Apostle Paul found in Ephesians 3 we find a Prayer to Influence; to help us understand the extent of God’s love and grace: “I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ my dwell in your hearts through faith.And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”
Filled with the fullness of God – let us share His Word and influence the world. Never underestimate how your smile can influence; how your hug can influence; how your words can influence. You have been blessed with influence and your influence matters. Consider joining 445,000 of your peers to learn how to maximize it with two days of world-class leadership training through a live telecast of the Global Leadership Summit on August 9-10, 2018 at UW-Milwaukee. Click here to learn more and get special pricing available through HCL.
Thoughts to Encourage
- If you look in the mirror and don’t like what you see – don’t change the mirror.
- It is never the potential you possess; it is letting your potential become your reality.