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Influence is everywhere. In your family, at the grocery store, on the street corner, the neighbor across the road…everywhere.
No matter where you are, there is going to be someone, or something that is going to affect your life…whether in a good or bad way. You can try to close yourself up in a little box, but even that won’t stop you from being influenced.
I have many examples in my life, both bad and good. Do I complain about it? No, because they have shaped me into who I have become. Without them, I wouldn’t be able to know wrong vs. right. I’ve learned from them. Isn’t that how every child or every person has learned? From those around them?
As easily as others can be influential to me, so can I. Everything I do, say, or act can affect others’ lives. Sounds pretty scary, huh?
I’ve learned hands on how influential I can be. I’m the oldest child in my family, and the only daughter, but that doesn’t change how much influence I have over my brothers. You might think I am less of an example to my brothers than I would if I were a boy, right?
In some ways, you are correct; but in the general sense of reality, you are wrong. I have just as much influence on my brothers as they do on each other. I’m the oldest and the one they all look up to. (Scary thought, but true). If they see “Big Sis” doing something, they want to do it, with equal ability or competing to be better at it. It is me that can teach them good or bad, of which, I am sure they see the latter more often…sadly.
Why am I posting about this?
Because, it is important! We have the incredible power to change a life, voluntarily or involuntarily. In can be in our passing by of others, our reaction to a certain predicament, or how we treat others. Our influence can be put on someone without even knowing it. (I must tell you…I suffer with this like crazy!)
Do you know how powerful women are? Have you ever heard of the saying, “Man is the head of the family, woman the neck that turns the head?” (Chinese Proverbs) Does that put into perspective how much we can be an influence?
The Bible is full of women who used this power, whether righteously or unrighteously. For example, Delilah.
She used her influence/power wrongly, by tricking Samson into telling her his secret of his strength. She changed his life, and hundreds of others by deceiving him, but through her deception, she fulfilled God’s will.
Then there is Hannah…
Proclaimed barren, she prayed and pleaded to God for a son. With her action of deep sorrow, she influenced Eli into blessing her with a promise of a child. In turn, Hannah used her influence to raise a strong, spiritual young son, Samuel…a prophet.
There are many more examples of women that exercised their power, rightly and wrongly!
As I said earlier, I am a sorry excuse for an example to my brothers. At points, I feel like I’m doing good and feel happy that I am doing good by my brothers and then I have that reoccurring issue of mine that makes me feel immature. Not what I want my brothers to do, or go through. It is hard…but it is worth it!
Is there someone in your life that has truly affected you, because of their influence?
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