Influence can be defined as “spiritual or moral capacity by which we have an effect upon a person.” Each of us influences other people in one way or another all throughout life. Our influence on others begins at the time we are born. From the first day of a baby’s life, his parents’ lives are never the same. Nearly every aspect of a parent’s daily routine is influenced by his child (or children.)
We influence others when we are in our youth. To Timothy, Paul wrote, “Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity” (I Timothy 4:12.)
We continue to influence others when we are old. It is not possible to ever quit having an influence on others. We continue to influence others even after we have left this world. John wrote,“Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them” (Revelation 14:3.)
It is possible for us to have a negative influence on others. But it is also possible for us to have a positive influence on others. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus pictured his followers as being the salt of the earth (Matthew 5:13.) Later, he spoke of his followers as the light of the world (Matthew 5:16.)
Today, I will be mindful of my influence on others!