“In every day, there are 1,440 minutes. That means we have 1,440 daily opportunities to make a positive impact.” Les Brown
When we talk about people of influence basically Leaders, Politicians, Generals and people who are in high ranked positions come to mind. But the reality is that no matter who you are, what you’ve, and how little you are recognized by others, you still carry an influence.
Your decisions and actions can effect changes in several ways. You always have an influence on a specific segment of life (marriage, siblings, family, friends, organization, and society). It might be little or even less important in the sight of men but settle this in your mind, “You have an influence.” And so, you are supposed to wisely present your thoughts and see how best you can contribute to any given situation. The mere fact that you believe people will not accept you (what you say/do) doesn’t mean that your actions have no effect.
Let’s look at this example in the Bible that happened years after the death of Joseph. There came a new Pharaoh, who was disturbed by the growth and greatness of the Israelites. He, therefore, instituted a law that all male-born should be killed. It took the influence of the Hebrew mid-wives – people less recognized, with less qualification, socially despised, little social standards – to significantly reshape the world by permitting the life of the male children which eventually led to the birth of Moses. Shiphrah, Puah, and the other midwives could have ignored their influence but because they feared God, they went ahead to exercise it. (Exodus 1:15-20)
The truth of the matter is that sometimes you may not know the impact of what you know until you make others know. You have an influence; there is something that you can do or say that will surely cause a positive change. Don’t let the fear of what people might say or think deter you. Instead, seek wisdom from God and He will help you package your influence in such a way that it will preserve and promote life.
Do me a favor, ponder over this question, “What would have happened if Shiphrah and Puah ignored their influence?” Relate that to yourself and imagine the long-term effect of an influence you know you need to exert.
God loves you and always want the best for you.