Influence

Influence

The power or capacity of causing an effect in indirect or intangible ways.

The power or capacity of causing an effect in indirect or intangible ways.

Power or capacity to cause change.

Influence.

We all have it.

Even when we feel powerless.

We all have the power or capacity to cause an effect in indirect or intangible ways.

“You are salt,” Jesus said.

“You are light,” He also said.

Influence.

The power or capacity of causing an effect in indirect or intangible ways.

We exert our influence, our power or capacity to cause an effect in indirect or intangible ways by being who He created us to be.

Also by trying to be someone else.

“By trying to be someone else?”

Yes, because we exert our influence, our power or capacity to cause an effect in indirect or intangible ways by our presence as well as our absence.

I am joining (on a Monday) the Five Minute Friday writing community, hosted by Kate Motaung, for our weekly writing adventure. Please click here to learn about Five Minute Friday. This week’s prompt is, “Influence.” The definition of “Influence” is from http://www.merriam-webster.com.

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Five Minute Friday: Stuck

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Racism
1 : a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race

2 a : a doctrine or political program based on the assumption of racism and designed to execute its principles
b : a political or social system founded on racism

3 : racial prejudice or discrimination

Stuck
firmly positioned in place and difficult to dislodge

Racism is firmly positioned in the heart of the United States of America and it is difficult to dislodge. It is difficult to dislodge, in part, because, too many insist that it is part of America’s history but not it’s present. And, with devastating consequences, the “too many” include brothers and sisters in the Body of Christ. And brothers and sisters, it has always and will always be true, “We cannot change what we will not acknowledge.” But insight and acknowledgement do not, in themselves, equal change. It is a critical first step but that is all it is, a first step.

What are the other steps? I am not sure, but perhaps, as Deidra Riggs demonstrated in her article, 12 Essential Steps Toward Overcoming Your Addiction to White Privilege, the twelve steps to recovery for those addicted to alcohol, offer a framework for this process.

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 I am joining the Five Minute Friday writing community, hosted by Kate Motaung, for our weekly writing adventure. Please click here to learn about Five Minute Friday. This week’s prompt is, “Stuck.” The definitions for “Racism” and “Stuck” are from merriam-webster.com. 

31 Days of Loving Well: Change

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The idea for today’s post came from the article, “Nine Strangers Who Can Change Your Life” by Amy Shearn, on oprah.com. Some of the strangers she mentioned included, “The Beleaguered Woman Who Actually Wants to Watch Dances With Wolves,” who taught her the lesson, there is no excuse to be a jerk. And, “Your Friend’s Wretched Boss,” who teaches you never to be demeaning to people who work for you. And my personal favorite, “The Writer of the Right Words at the Right Time,” who was kind enough to share her story and her words find you at the exact moment when you needed it.

And I wonder, what would it be like to be a stranger who God uses to touch, even change another stranger’s life? I believe it is possible. Think of it. Psalm 37:23 tells us, “The LORD directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives” (NLT). I believe that it is okay to ask Him to use us to touch someone’s life in a meaningful way every day, for their good and His glory alone.


Today’s post was written for Day 26 of the 31 Days of Loving Well series. The prompt is, “Change.” To read other posts in the 31 Days of Loving Well series, please click here.

 

Wednesay evening prayer

It is Wednesday evening and the Cross is on my mind
The Cross and The Lamb and His willing submission to the Father’s will in all forms

It is Wednesday evening and the longing is there to keep His death, burial, and resurrection center place in my heart, mind, and spirit
Center place in my decisions and my interactions with other image bearers
Center place in my secret places
Bringing them to the Light
Causing any idols hidden there to be reduced to ashes
Center place in my broken places
Offering them up for the healing He paid for with His torn flesh

The thing is, Father, You know I have felt these longings before
But they did not translate into sustained action or change
Show me how to make them so, Abba
Show me how

Lead me to the Cross by Hillsong

Reasons to Praise: Day 16 – Adjust

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To adjust is to alter. It is not possible to adjust without making a change.

The process can involve something small that is obvious only to the one doing the altering. Sometimes the process is so huge, it is visible to all, even when they do not know exactly what occurred.

It can occur in public places as well as in the hidden places of the heart. A collar. The hem or waistline of a dress or pair of slacks. How an item was hung on a wall. The pitch or tone of a voice… as in a child being told to use his or her “inside voice.”

There is usually a standard or desired fit that the adjusting is designed to accomplish. It becomes important to know what standard we are adjusting to reach. His or the world’s?

He is clear in His direction, “Do not be conformed to the world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” So as we modify, alter, fine-tune, arrange, recalibrate, overhaul, tweak, let us be sure that it is to fit His standards and no one else’s.

This post is number 16 in the series, “Reasons to Praise.” Joining Kate Motaung for 31 days of Five Minute Free Writes.