Influence, Part 1

Hi everyone! We’re introducing our chapter on influence from The Finishing School (Join our FB group here!).

This idea of influence has been everywhere lately and the message seems to be the same. It doesn’t matter how insignificant you think you are, you can make a difference. Send a little note to a friend or spouse. If you have kids, start with them and try this quick exercise.

the finishing school influence part oneMy word for the year is small and it’s taking on even more meaning with each month of 2016 that passes. If you are feeling discouraged by small and slow, check out Lara Casey’s recent post on slow growth here and this post about God’s view of our influence here.

If we don’t have to be big. If right now, we can have influence, why aren’t we??

We will discuss several reasons in the book, but I wanted to highlight one in particular that I tend to struggle with the most: my comforts. I let my comforts rule. I let them dominate my time and I search for them at every corner. A comfy bed, a nice spot to read, a comfortable home, a comfortable church, comfortable friendships. I prioritize my comfort over my influence most days. I will serve and influence others for sure…juuuust up until the point things get uncomfortable. And then I’ll stop just short of something amazing. But hey, I’ve got my comfortable life, right? In Jennie Allen’s book Anything, the quote made me all sorts of uncomfortable and wanting anything but the comfortable life:

“All my life I thought I had God’s stamp of approval because my life wasn’t going badly. Now I was faced with the fear that it might actually be the opposite. “

God never said life would be easy but influencing others for the kingdom of God has rewards we never could have dreamed of, not even in our comfy cozy bed.

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