This, for me, is one scary thing. Influence is power and can be used for bad or good. In various personality/strength tests I've taken, I come out as a strong influencer--someone who persuades people. But the question is, in what way do I influence?
In college, I was in a situation in which I influenced people around me. God willing, some of it was good. But I also know that some of it was not good. I was stuck in a rut of legalism, personally, and sometimes I'm afraid dragged others into my muddy rut of legalism. This is, honestly, one of the hardest things for me to remember in life. Hardly the legacy I want to leave.
For a long time, I, realizing the negative power I could wield, ran scared from all semblance of influencing others. I didn't want the responsibility and was afraid I'd lead people wrong. I hoped to simply have no impact.
But it is my personality, after all, to try to influence others. So it started peeking out again. And, I suppose, if you don't want to influence others, you really have no business writing. But God has allowed me to see small peeks of ways in which Hope Lives has influenced people for good, and it's so wonderful and humbling. One woman started a ministry for Burmese refugees living in Salt Lake City. One man doubled his giving. One girl started a semester-long research project on how we can help others. One grandmother started a quilting ministry to raise money for those living HIV positive.
So, although I have influenced for wrong in the past, God has still graciously used me to influence for good too. It's humbling and confusing and exciting.
So my question for you today is: You are influencing others every day. What influence are you having?