Have you ever wondered what life would be like if you weren’t here? How would the world be different if you were never born? How would the people you rubbed shoulders with today be different if you weren’t here?
These questions we’re asking need to be reworded.
How are others lives affected because I am here?
How is the world different because I was born?
How were the people I rubbed shoulders with today made different because I live?
Influence is a powerful thing, where you don’t have to do or say anything. Being you just changes a situation.The dictionary defines influence as “the act or power of producing an effect without apparent exertion of force or direct exercise of command”.
You might feel like you don’t have what it takes to make a huge difference in someone’s life. Words don’t flow easily and your tongue gets tied up when people shared difficult details with you. Influence doesn’t imply doing or saying anything drastic. Your very presence, and how you handle life can have sway.
When we are fighting anxiousness and ask God to bring peace to our life, it isn’t for just our own benefit. The peace that you then take with you from the house to your child’s soccer game will soothe others. You can influence.
Convictions that you hold deep within your heart that you choose never to let go of, will become evident. Modesty, purity and self-respect are not just preached, they are modeled. You can influence.
Displaying kindness to a person who publicly belittles you, might be humbling, but it is not weak. God’s strength will be shown. You can influence.
Refusing to gossip can be awkward, but you will pass on the courage to not get involved to someone else. Sometime’s another woman is just waiting for someone to stand with her. You can influence.
You may feel that you have messed up too much to still have influence. Don’t be fooled, you have sway. Is it for good or evil?
Isaiah 15:19 promises a second chance at positive influence for those who turn to the Lord.
This is how the Lord responds:
“If you return to me, I will restore you so you can continue to serve me. If you speak good words rather than worthless ones, you will be my spokesman. You must influence them; do not let them influence you!
We must influence!
God, make us into women who are willing to lay down our own pride to influence others for you. Allow our very presence to make a change. Not that we live under the pressure of perfection, but that we live within the freedom of knowing that you’ll speak through our mistakes and achievements. Give us the courage to be leaders, not followers. Give us your eyes to see ourselves with the power and potential you filled us with.
When we recognize our ability to influence, that’s when God can really move through us!