Wednesday, October 15, 2014

How's My Influence?

Fall Is Here, Where Am i?

So the past 3-4 months have been busier than normal and taking 17 credit hours in school and working 2-3 days a week, keeps your wordy spirit in check. There are times when the words have to flow out though, they spill forth in torrents, raining on the poor earth not in need of yet one more blogger...BLOG: A profound read on the power of how we treat others.

 How am i Affecting those around Me?

So this has been on my mind and in the deep crevices of my fractured brain of late. Think for a moment, where are you leading those around you? Do you enrich their lives or do you leave them filling you with no returns?.  I believe that God has put gifts and talents and ability on the inside of every one of us. When you develop that You can be used mightily of God. I feel far from being the influence i need to be but time is a grower as well as a healer. And yet we know that "Influence is not about a title or a designation. It's about impact and inspiration. Impact involves getting results, influence is about spreading the passion you have  to inspire fellow Christians on the road."
Robin S. Sharma. Here at Hillcrest we have a great advantage to make a good impact on many lives. We all live and work and fight together and that calls for a lot of grace, patience and love at times, but when we get to the end of the year we look back and say, wow, that was a great time. We as humans tend to forget what we want and remember the good or in some cases of jealousy or pain, the bad. It is at these times when the true character comes out and shows are you going to be a good influence and forgive or are you going to forget it? It may hurt your pride, it may bruise your heart ever so slightly, or it may even involve you in the newest gossip, but what are you going to do with it? You need to cast it aside and take on the influence of Christ and do what He, the perfect example would do, Forgive and move on. It is not just the offended parties that need to forgive, the offending parties need to forgive for the hurt they have caused and the spoilage of precious time they have caused. It is so easy to "forgive" and next time you are around them you show the same feelings, whatever they are. The span of a life is far to short to be at odds. Be that strong influence and stand up and take the way of peace, the way that makes others want to follow. We at times are scared to step out of our "zone" but when we do there are those who will follow. You need not be scared of being a influence, but just be willing to be the one that God wants you to be. It is at the times when you think you are not affecting anyones life is sometimes when you are doing the most harm without realizing it. We can never be off guard.
One of the reasons this has been on my heart is i have been thinking of my childhood influences and the influence i was to my friends. I was in need of a lot of things in my life and those people who were influenced by me i feel sorry for now. I look back and think, but look at all the factors to make my life bad, they extremely outweigh the good. But what excuse do i have? None. God gives us all grace we just need to accept it. Some accept it sooner then others.Those who Receive His grace and Love early have less to look back at and be regretful for. I now can look back and am thankful i came through rough times, i know broken homes are not Gods plan, but i am thankful that He can make me a stronger example through that. I know that leaving home at a young age is not always the best but through that He can make you stronger for the future, or maybe He had me move to be a influence to someone i dont even know i touched. Maybe He brought me to Hillcrest to be influenced by a stronger and more secure Christian than i have met before. Ask yourself, Why did God bring me here? Could i be touching more lives and influences others more for the good? God did not ask you to come here for a easy life. He wanted more of you. He wanted you to be surrounded by Godly friends in close quarters to show you something. I challenge you find that purpose He wants you here. Touch a life before your opportunities are gone.
If you want to avoid ugly in a conflict, you must have a plan for how you're going to respond when someone pushes that giant red button on your chest and invites you to a duel. Because there's a real chance that the person who pushed that button is already under the influence of fear or pain and that person is not ready or willing to manage themselves well in conversations.

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