I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. John 15: 5
Everyday we are influencing people for either the good or the bad. The words we say and the things we do affect those around us. This became very clear to me several years ago when I was teaching in an elementary school. I had a sweet little girl in my classroom that became a real challenge and lacked focus for the entire year. The year ended and she was promoted to the next grade. I admit I breathed a sigh of relief and was happy to move on to a new school year.
Reality hit me the next school year when this same little girl came back to my classroom and asked to borrow a very small reference book about identifying trees. I had no idea she knew I had this little book on my “teacher professional shelf” behind my desk. As she left with the book, I was forced to ask myself what she remembered about me as her teacher. If she could remember me having such a tiny book, I trembled to think what she remembered about me and the influence I had on her. It seemed I had been “on her case” much of the prior year. This was a sobering moment and taught me a lesson I will never forget. We must realize God is the ultimate source of all power and influence and we reflect His character through the gifts and opportunities He has given us. He will hold us accountable. Life is short and our opportunities are limited for how we influence and impact the lives of others. The words we speak, the actions we take and even the tone in our voice will influence for good or evil.
Prayer: Dear Lord, I pray that I will be influential in word and deed that will help lead others to you. Amen
Linda Brown, Financial/Media Secretary- Buncombe Baptist Association, Mt. Carmel Baptist Church