Guest post by Beth Jones
As Christian women, we not only want to make an impact today but for eternity. Our lives are not our own, but belong to God.
We want to be women of power and of influence to further God’s Kingdom. John Maxwell says that to positively change your life and others depends on your degree of influence. Without influence – and the most important quality, integrity – success is impossible, he says.
You don’t have to be famous like Justin Bieber or Oprah to be able to influence others in a positive and great way. Everyone is an influencer, Maxwell says. Spouses make a difference in each others’ lives. Parents influence their children. Friends affect each other. Teachers influence their students. You can influence your professional peers. We all have some sphere of influence in our lives, whether large or small.
You’re not “just a mom” or “just a policeman.” You have no idea how much impact you are making for all of eternity, even if you’re not “in the limelight.” Billy Graham has led thousands upon thousands to Jesus. Yet what about the person who led Billy Graham to God?
The dictionary defines influence as “the capacity or power of persons or things to be a compelling force on or produce effects on the actions, behavior, opinions, etc., of others.”
To be a greater influencer, you listen to others and you respond to them and their needs. You give them value and impart good things into their lives. You offer and teach others what you know. You are mentored, then you mentor.
You share your personal story, your pain, your vulnerable places – and your lessons learned. You give them the comfort God has given you. (2 Corinthians 1:4)
Don’t underestimate the impact of your influence. Your children’s little eyes are watching you, as well as your spouse, your friends, your peers. You want to encourage others to be all that God created them to be, to call them up higher.
Your words have weight. Your story heals. Your gifts help. Your life is an instrument God is using in the life of others.
If you don’t step up into your calling, it can negatively affect other people who God is bringing purposely into your life for you to help and to influence. They need what you have to offer. You have answers and solutions for them. Share them – today.
You are a person of influence.
Beth Jones resides in Kansas City, MO, and is a Christian speaker and writer, wife of 17 years to Ray Jones, and mom of 3 beautiful daughters. Her mission is encouraging women to fulfill their great purpose through daily intimacy with Jesus and pursuing their passion. You can find out more about Beth’s products, services, and events at www.BethJones.net.