Influence….you just never know…

We may never know the influence that we really have, we may never know what impact the words we have uttered will bring into the lives of other individuals. There is something extraordinary in the way we can bring influence to bear, even better when that influence is for good.
A few years back, I was privileged to hear the story of a young man who had grown in wisdom and stature with his home church. Now a leader, he sought me out to share a few things about his life and the direction that he was now pursuing. It was one of the most humbling experiences of my life. At the end of a bible study programme, he had spoken with me and apparently the words I said, long since forgotten by me (but not him), challenged him to action and a course that would enable his creativity to live. I had no idea….
This week, I spoke with a former work colleague. He shared that I had been influential in his life and that he had considered me to be a mentor during his time in the organisation. I had no idea….
The life you live, the words that you say, the influence you may have may be powerful beyond your lifetime. You just never know the influence that you may be having on the people around you, the changes people are making because you are present….your life, your ways….they are influential, you need to start believing it and acting on it. Make your words a tool for the good, a positive force for others and as you do so, change the world!
Influence…you just never know…

who has the power?

Who is in charge?  Who has all the control?  Who can make a difference?

If you are in a large meeting group, wait until something controversial is said, then look at peoples eyes.  The person that most people glance at, in that moment, has all the power.  This is not difficult to do, the next step is to watch where that individuals eyes look – that can tell you a little bit more.


job titles and our responses

Have you ever thought about the job title you possess and how others interact with it?  Does the title we possess matter more to us than our own integrity, the way we live or how we behave?  In conversation this week, I have heard various comments regarding titles and how the title conveys power or control to others and how we can use title, or ‘people of title’ to our benefit.

In youth ministry appointments, people may spend longer debating whether the job title should be ‘youth pastor’, ‘youth minister’, ‘youth worker’ or some other derivative.  The conclusions usually relate to how people view the title rather than the role that needs to be fulfilled.  When looking for speakers at events, we look for the ‘high powered’ or the ‘celebrity’ as they can provide an extra endorsement, in business we love the titles to demonstrate our impressive abilities – President, Vice-President of Operations, CEO, CFO, Director, Principal and so forth and so on.

Titles can be necessary and important but, in my opinion, we need to be careful that we do not hold these things in awe, rather in humility.  The badge that we wear can easily be removed, the person that we truly are can never be taken from us.  Are we people of integrity, working for truth, humility and justice? Or are we those that are seeking the best seat in the house, with the ‘best’ company? How do we view our own title?  Certainly some questions that leave room to ponder.