Make a Lasting Impression
This has been a fun-filled weekend celebrating Mother’s Day with my mother and catching up with my sister’s family in Oklahoma. Four generations were under the same roof and the days were filled with opportunities to take turns looking after the little ones. My mom and I enjoyed watching and admiring what a wonderful job these young parents were doing with their children.
These past few days together were filled with spontaneous words of encouragement that flowed naturally as hugs. Affirmation, prayers and scriptures were intertwined throughout the shared experiences together. It was a reminder to me that every day as a mother, family member, friend, or even stranger, we are given one-on- one opportunities to influence others in positive and life- giving ways. Plus we are all making a lasting impression rather we are aware of it or not.
We read throughout the Gospels numerous examples of one-on- one encounters Jesus had with people—encounters that radically changed their lives. Jesus influenced others in a natural, non- classroom environment. He often encountered opportunities to make a lasting impression in the lives of others while walking in route to their next place of ministry. Jesus saw who people could become. He saw weaknesses that could be turned into strengths. He envisioned their strengths
and called it out.
In the same informal way, we have the ability to one-on- one encourage others. We can demonstrate hands-on compassion to someone in need. We can offer a listening ear and use stories to mold minds and hearts and to demonstrate biblical truth. Deuteronomy 6:6-8 says we are to write God Word on our hearts so that they get inside of us and
then get them inside of others. We are to “talk about them wherever you are, sitting at home or walking in the street; talk about them from the time you get up in the morning to when you fall into
bed at night.” (MSG)
The Gospels tell us that Jesus poured His life into a few people and in turn this small group impacted the world and all of history. This is my dream, to impact a community, my nation and the world. I have decided to intentionally impact lives as Jesus did.
Come and join me on this adventure to influence lives as Jesus did. Let’s get going on becoming a Woman of Influence who is making a lasting impact on others.
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