Influence

So the Lord brought this passage to my attention a few hours ago, and after reflecting on it for a bit, I have selected it as my verse of the week.

Why, you may wonder? Well, it reminds me that anybody can exert influence – regardless of your gender, ethnicity, income, education level, etc. Influence fundamentally is about how we engage with those around us.

Hear me: Do not confuse influence and power, or influence and authority! These terms are not synonymous by any means, and it’s important to differentiate them in our minds.

I desire to be (and believe that I am) a woman of influence. I try to listen well, be kind, and make my words count when I share them. Generally speaking, people usually listen to what I have to say, and consider it thoughtfully – even if they do not agree. And I try to do the same! However, kindly note that my influence has no specific agenda.

For instance, you are reading this post, and may perhaps even follow this blog – and I thank you. I assure you, though, that my goal was not, and never has been, to garner a bunch of followers; I simply wanted to share my thoughts on hope and read what other bloggers have to say, in hopes that I may learn something and continue to grow. I’m not selling or advertising anything, and rarely ask you for anything (the “call to action” that each post is supposed to contain, right?). In the traditional sense, I probably am not the world’s most expert blogger – especially since I stopped looking at my stats a long time ago!

No, I simply enjoy the open and respectful exchange of ideas, sans an agenda. My goal is not to convince you of anything, or even persuade you to receive my point of view. No, I must remember that only the Lord can change the heart of man! I must stay in my lane.

And to me, this is the very epitome of influence.

Authority and power are different. I think they are given to you by another, and can be taken away just as quickly, too. So I’m not too interested in these concepts, as I find that biblical influence is God-enabled, and gives me all that I need.

Am I rich? No. Am I powerful? No. Am I influential? Yes. In my own way. In a way that honors God (or that is my aim). I am far from perfect, but I do try to live a life that pleases Him.

And if you’re wondering how you also can be a person of influence, simply follow the advice that Solomon offers in Proverbs 22:11 – love others sincerely, and be gracious with your speech. Then leave the rest up to God and watch what happens! 💛

23 thoughts on “Influence

  1. I always appreciate your posts and learn from them.
    Today, you arrested my attention with this: “Hear me: Do not confuse influence and power, or influence and authority!” And you went on to clarify.
    Good one!
    Yes, you influence many within your sphere. I am one of them (and I like it!). 😊

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    1. God is faithful. His Spirit guides and influences all of us who seek to honor Him and bless others through the talents and spiritual gifts He has given us.

      Your “Tears of God” post still deeply ministers to my heart. I read it to a friend the other day, and she was really blessed by it, too! I am grateful for you. 💛

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      1. Yes, isn’t God faithful, though! He continues to amaze me as He opens my eyes to Him more and more.
        Aww, you blessed me with your “Tears of Gold” comment. Thank you! ❤ I’m so grateful for you, too.

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  2. SO very true. I’m glad you posted this ideology. Influence can serve to not only be authoritative and powerful, but can turn a bit controlling. Followers begin to worship leaders when they should surrender to God. Idols, is the key here.

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      1. I’m well, working, the usual. Been talking to God and asking him to get me back on track. Although blessings are coming, I don’t want it to distract me from fulfilling my purpose God has for me.

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      1. Yes, I feel like a dog chasing my tail. I know its a trick. I know when this happens God is fighting for me, and He is strongest when I am weak. I know that there is a huge blessing waiting for me on the other side of this, whatever this is lol 🙂 As long as I don’t get in the way and mess it up 🙂 Thank you for always being here, and your encouragement, and letting God use you 🙂

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      2. You have the right perspective, my friend! It is PRECISELY because the Lord is using you so powerfully through your blog that the spiritual warfare is at its fiercest. Stand firm, Margaret! I will continue to pray for you. As always, I am grateful for you!

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