Each year I make a list of books that I would like to read. They are usually ones that have piqued my interest. Some of my choices will be books talking about areas in my life where I can approve or learn something new. An example is the book Becoming a Woman of Influence, by Carol Kent. I started reading it because I sometimes feel unqualified to be influencing others. How can I be a woman of influence?
I mean, what do I really have to offer?
So we know that these thoughts can really destroy our desire to embrace our roles as a wife in full time ministry. Therefore we miss the opportunities to positively influence others. And this is just what Satan is hoping for.
Let’s be honest, in the realness of our day, we sometimes don’t feel like being responsible for our actions. Do you ever have those days, where you do not care about the consequences so you eat what you want, watch as many episodes as you want, buy what you want and don’t care about the laundry or dishes!!!! Unfortunately I have been there many times. But then we struggle the next day with the fact that anything and everything we do impacts someone, somewhere.
Take a moment and think through all the people you encounter throughout your day.
– Your husband – Your children – Your children’s teacher – A cashier – A delivery person – A friend – A neighbor.
Whether you are intentional about it or not, you are influencing them with every interaction you have with them.
Becoming a woman of influence isn’t something we can choose to do when it’s convenient, when we feel up to it, or when others are expecting it from us. It is something the Holy Spirit does through us like breathing.
I want to encourage you this week to be a woman of influence about your interactions with others. Here are 3 things to help you be a woman of Influence.
- Be ready to to be an influencer by deepening your relationship with Jesus
- Start looking for ways to encourage and influence those within your community
- Have a heart of service that is ready for the moments when they appear.
To be a woman of influence, one must carry grace, wisdom and love as she encounters people throughout her day.
Who is within your circle of influence?
How can you tangibly influence others so they see God in you?
How can you daily be ready to influence others?
In conclusion, you my friend can be a woman of influence even after those days of eating what I want, watching as much as I want, buying what I want and leaving those chores for tomorrow.
In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. – Matthew 5:16