The Power of Your Influence
The dictionary defines influence as “the power or capacity of causing an effect.” In other words, to have influence is to have an impact on the outcome of something. To have influence is to live in such a way that things turn out differently than they would have were we not involved in them. Notice, however, that there is no mention in that definition as to whether the effect of that influence is positive or negative. A bad influence can make things worse just as strongly as a good influence can make things better. Anybody who has ever raised children already knows this intuitively. Our kids absolutely will be influenced by others. The only question is whether that influence moves them in the right direction. The same holds true in every other arena of our lives. In our marriages, in our jobs, in our volunteer roles in the community, in our service here at the church – basically everywhere our daily lives take us – we need to be paying attention not simply what kind of influence we are being exposed to, but also to what kind of influence we are having on others. Are we having a Godly influence that helps move things in a positive, constructive, and redemptive direction, or are moving things in some other direction?
That question lies behind the Global Leadership Summit, which will be held this year on August 9 and 10 in the Community Life Center. This annual simulcast event brings together leaders from a variety of disciplines to share insights and wisdom on how to be better shepherds of the influence God has given us. This event is not intended simply for people with formal leadership roles in recognized institutions; it is intended for anyone who has influence over anyone else. And that is true of all of us! Whether we realize it or not, we all have influence over children, friends, neighbors, coworkers, and pretty much everyone else we come across in life. That is why I hope you will consider joining us for this year’s Summit. Just as importantly, I hope you will consider inviting someone else to join you. This is a great way to connect with people in your sphere of influence who might not normally be interested in attending a church-sponsored event. Click below for more information, or to register. I hope you will be with us on August 9 and 10!
Grace & Peace,