Making The Most Of Your Influence

Your Influence

“And you yourself must be an example to them by doing good works of every kind. Let everything you do reflect the integrity and seriousness of your teaching.”
                                                  Titus 2:7   NLT

I was walking into a coffee shop when I saw a mom with a stroller and a kindergarten aged son making the most of her influence. The mother walked up to a homeless man sitting near another door and asked if he would like a gift card she had for a local pharmacy.  She had $15.00 left on it and felt to give the card to him.  He was very thankful, stood up to receive it and left.

Making the Most of Your Influence

I spun around, walked right back out the door and told her how impressed I was by her kindness and generosity.  When I let her know I thought it was powerful she did this for her son to see, they both smiled big!

Parenting Well Isn’t For The Weak

There’s a famous poem called “Children Learn What They Live”.1  It has been both an encouragement and a wake-up call for me in years past.  As a parent, you influence daily.  Children watch your every move…even following you into the washroom at times…but you don’t have to be a parent to be a daily influencer.

If you work in an office, on a farm, in a factory, as an officer of the law…wherever you work, the people around you are watching.  Titus reminds us we need to “be an example to people by doing good works of every kind.” That means we’re expected to do a lot of good stuff!

So, give people around you some inspiration for greatness today.  Lead the way by example, making the most of your influence!

Prayer

Father…Thank you for leading by example.  There’s nothing you ask me to do that you haven’t shown the way.  I’m amazed that you want me to influence others for You.  Help me to look for opportunities to do good and live in a way that will reflect Your love.  In Jesus Name…Amen

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Comments(8)

  1. Becky Hastings says

    Such a powerful reminder today. We carry so much responsibility in our daily interactions. Sometimes I forget. Sometimes I try to walk it out well in my own strength. Only when I’m look at God do I walk it out well.

    • Sherry Stahl says

      Becky,
      Your words are so true! Praying you walk your life out well today, making the MOST of your influence 🙂
      ~Sherry
      xoxo

  2. Aimee says

    This was a great reminder to me. I love the phrase “you have influence wherever you are”…we underestimate that!

    • Sherry Stahl says

      Aimee,
      Glad you’re reminded of how to live today. Praying you live today to the fullest, making the MOST of your influence 🙂
      ~Sherry
      xoxo

  3. Loretta says

    What a great reminder. And an encouragement to the young mother. Not only children watch us but also coworkers, neighbors and even strangers.

    Visiting from Coffee for your heart.

    • Sherry Stahl says

      Loretta,
      So glad you stopped by today. Glad it got you thinking 🙂 Praying you are inspired to make the MOST of your influence.
      ~Sherry
      xoxo

  4. Sarah says

    Yes, sometimes I get this parenting thing right and other times…..really wrong. Glad my girls can see me apologize. And then there are the neighbors my husband plays tennis with who watch to see how we act. People all around to influence!

    • Sherry Stahl says

      Sarah,
      Apologies are powerful. My kids are adults now and when I talk about the mistakes I made in parenting they always stop me and encourage me. I really believe it’s because I did apologize when I got it wrong and stood firm when I knew it was right. Parenting is by far the most difficult and most powerful place of influence. Hearing your heart I’m sure you’re making a great influence on your girls and others as you live for Him! Praying you’re blessed and refreshed today!
      ~Sherry
      xoxo

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