Throughout my life there have been many influential people, those I admired and respected and who helped shape my world view and self view. I could write entire posts about those people.
I listened to a speaker this week, one who has had influence on me and many around me, and thought how much I'd love to be able to have the impact and influence he has. Just a portion even. But one of the things he spoke about was the importance of leaders in our churches who partner with parents to influence our children. Influence + influence = even greater influence.
That got me thinking about how everyone has influence in some way. Each of us has influence in ways we realize and ways we don't. We hope our influence is more good than not. We sometimes forget that though we don't necessarily have influence over thousands, those we do impact matter just as much.
And our influence is probably greatest than we ever know. I wonder if Austin could have ever known what influence he would have. His name is known by many he never knew, and he's now pushing me out of my comfort zone to have influence on a few through sharing my experiences. He's having influence through my mom who is sharing her time and skills with families going through the same.
I needed the reminder that though my influence is small, someone is watching everything. My children are influenced by my actions more than my words daily, and they will also have influence one day. I need to never forget that.
You have influence. How are you using it today?
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