God’s Word for Today: Influence. I recently received an email from LinkedIn. They are a website, or rather, a Facebook of Business. Usually weekly, sometimes more frequently, I receive emails from them with different business topics for discussion. They usually have quotes and stories from successful businessmen meant to give a person direction. At times, this site is useful. Other times, well it is just another whatever.
This particular email I received had a headline that grabbed my attention and made me want to open the page. It had more to do with curiosity on my part than anything. Maybe it was the secret desire to one day be on that list of businessmen who could influence others.
The headline simply read, “These are the influencers you need to follow.” Well, of course, I must open the page and see who made the list. How many young businessmen made the list who haven’t even learned what failure means? How many older businessmen are there who seemed to struggle for like ever, and then finally broke through? How many were given a golden spoon to start with? I just had to see this list.
I don’t know whether it was by choice, or my internet connection but when I opened the page, it was blank. I mean blank as in nothing, nada, pure white, empty, and nothing. I almost had to laugh. Was this a computer glitch that caused this blank page? Or was LinkedIn trying to make a point about not following any influencers? I doubted that LinkedIn intentionally left this page blank. They need to get paid too. If LinkedIn had left this page blank on purpose, the only person I have respect for that day, is the one who thought the best point to make about influence was to not say anything at all.
I have saved this email. I still open it occasionally to see if anything pops up. Still blank. Still no one of influence to follow. Still makes me smile.
Psalm 150:6. Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
I could actually generate a list of people whom I feel are pretty good at influencing others. Many an evangelistic preacher have done excellent jobs. Who could ever reach more people than Billy Graham has? Joel Osteen is currently doing a pretty good job. And then you have the radicals like Joshua Feuerstein who influence people just because of their energy. Even if it might be a little misdirected.
Yesterday, a “suggested website” also grabbed my attention. It was one of the leading motivational speakers trying to get you to join his group, get trained, and become a motivational speaker yourself. Of course, its main motivation is discussing the possibility of how much money you can make. Oh well.
So now, we have addressed some influencers of this world. Very prominent, very successful, and most leaning toward the very wealthy side. That is all well and good. I mean, who doesn’t want to be healthy, wealthy, and wise? Shouldn’t we all latch on to at least one of these people’s ideals and run with it?
The best quote I read recently came from a combination motivational/evangelical type writer. It said, “Use experts as resources, not as lifestyles.” What powerful words. Kind of fits right in with the blank LinkedIn page. Fits even better with today’s Scripture.
Today, take one little step back. Just far enough to get a good look at who or what you are following. Who is your major influence? If you were to make a Top Ten list of influencers in your life, who would they be? Who didn’t quite make the cut and why? Who is number one on your list? Can you truthfully say that God is the major influence in your life? Or, is your page blank? Wouldn’t hurt to check…………
Prayer: My dearest Lord and greatest influence. Today I humbly come to you asking forgiveness. I am sorry Lord that I have a tendency to follow people of this world so I can gain more “things” of this world. I am doing a reality check. Lord, I thank you for those people who are spreading your word. I thank you for the ministers, preachers, and evangelists who are igniting a spark for your Light. I do know Lord, that they are merely ones pointing the way. You are the True direction I need. In Jesus’, who should be my primary influence, I pray. Amen.