Your Influence

Do you remember when you were in the second grade, and you would walk by all of the high school students on the way to lunch and think, “Wow, these kids look really old and cool, I want to be like them.” Okay, so maybe you didn’t think that exact thought, or maybe you didn’t even think a thought similar to that, but you get my idea here.

We all know that as Christians, we are called to be servants of Christ and to share His gospel and good news. We are supposed to be holy as Christ was and perfect like Christ was, but as sinners, we are unable to do so. But have you ever considered your influence on others, even when you are not deliberately trying to be the “perfect and holy” Christian?

Tonight I was on the phone with a great friend, and we began discussing our influences as young adults on the younger kids in our church and in the school. I have always pondered this topic, but never really spent much time studying and worrying about it because I really never comprehended the importance of it.

In this phone call, I was talking about how I’ve been trying to be a better influence to the younger kids in our church. My friend and I were discussing the effects we have on the younger kids, and I thought, “If I could just sell one kid on the idea that church is a great place to come, and having a Savior who you can give all your worries over to, that would be the most amazing thing.” Because if you could just get one kid to start living that lifestyle, then he’ll start influencing his friends in that way, and it could start a chain reaction.

A huge problem among Christians today is that we don’t act like Christians, and our influence to others is un-Christlike, therefore giving the non-believers the idea that, “Hey, what some hypocrites, why would I want to be part of their church?”

If we all could truly comprehend the idea that how we influence people could change a person’s life, I believe the Christian religion would be a stronger and constantly growing community.

This blog post does not just pertain to young adults, either. It pertains to all Christians, and even non-believers. Positively influence your co-worker in the cubical next to you, or positively influence the person standing in front of you at the grocery store. Not only will be a positive influence to others make them feel better, but it also makes you feel better knowing that you are positively effecting someone’s day.

If you know me well enough, you’ll know that my favorite Bible verse is 1 Timothy 4:12. It says, “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for all believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity.” If we can be a positive influence and not become discouraged like Paul was describing in 1 Timothy 4:12, we could change the world.

When you are walking down the hallway tomorrow, don’t forget to give a nice compliment to Johnny who doesn’t have many friends. When you’re sitting in your office tomorrow, don’t forget to tell Angie how much you enjoyed seeing her family pictures on Facebook last night. When you’re standing in the checkout line at the grocery store tomorrow, don’t forget to thank the cashier for their hard work.

Until next time, keep smiling.

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