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influence

June 2, 2006

Name the top five people in your life who have influenced you in a positive way.  Seriously, stop right now and at least come up with two, but if you can name five, great!

Are you still reading or did you really stop? 

What did these people do that influenced you?  Was it the life they lived or are living?  Was it something they said to you or something they did for you? 

My list came quickly, and there was a common theme among everyone.  They all directly or indirectly taught me about right and wrong, and they all directly or indirectly taught me about Jesus. 

Its what Paul’s life was all about, after Jesus got a hold of him, and thousands of years later he is still influencing.   Listen to this bold statement he makes about his life from Acts 20.   24”But my life is worth nothing unless I use it for doing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus–the work of telling others the Good News about God’s wonderful kindness and love.”

Would you and I make someone’s list?  Wouldn’t that be spectacular if we could?  What if our lives were intentional and focused to the point where we were investing in and positively influencing others?    There are key people in your life right now, who God has strategically placed you in their lives, so you could influence them.  Want another assignment?  Name the top five people in your life whom you have a chance to influence. 

By God’s grace, go influence for Him!

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