Understanding The Power of Your Influence

by Terry Watson | July 19th, 2021
Terry Watson - Editor

Terry Watson – Editor

Now that I am many years settled into fatherhood, I sometimes reminisce on those precious moments when my son was only a baby. Though small and quite fragile, I wanted to make him tough and brawn, selfishly hoping that he would live out the hopes and dreams that I had for my life. That is what dads do, or at least I think they do. My son would eventually grow up right before my eyes to be a very grown man, which I am quite proud of. Still, I reminded of his dependence on me and his mother for everything while he was a child and our responsibility to understand and provide for his needs.

As a baby and not yet able to form words, my son cried and made other baby sounds when he wanted to let us know he was hungry. When his diaper was wet, he didn’t say [dad, I am wet]; instead, he cried. It was my duty to determine his need and translate the information he was trying to share. Thank God I was able to, and my son was fed and cared for. Though I can only imagine how difficult it would have been for him had I ignored his cries or was unable to understand them.

As adults and not babies, our methods of communicating our pains, wants, and needs aren’t generally boggled into a baby’s cry. However, it doesn’t mean that we are not crying. When we become prideful and shamed, it can be difficult to express what is truly hurting us, which causes us to internalize these issues and not let them out.

When God blesses His children to be a well or source for others, it often comes with some form of influence. With influence, there is power and the ability to impact someone’s life. Not understanding the power of your influence is just as careless as someone who is driving a car at 100 miles per hour with their eyes closed.

Influence attracts the interest of others. Because influence is often associated with power, it oftentimes attracts weakness. What I am trying to share; If someone is treating you wrong you feel like you are being “hated on”, it might mean that person is actually crying out and cannot convey what’s hurting them. As Christians, we can’t ignore these cries. We should listen with our hearts and seek God’s instruction on how to respond.

If you are in a position of influence, fill yourself with the love of God on a daily basis. I was able to determine what my son’s needs were only because I loved him. God’s love gives us power and the ability to understand the cries and pains of others.

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