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Monday, April 28, 2014

Your Influence . . .

By Lance Cordle

• Can, and will be, good or bad.
• Can last for years, through your work and your children.
• Can reach someone for Christ who may not be influenced by any other Christian.
• Can be the most stabilizing factor in the life of your child.
• Can be the  most destabilizing factor in the life of your child.
• Can be the stress-reducer that your mate needs.
• Can be the stress-producer that results in a lifetime of resentment and heartache.
• Can be a “silent” instructor, causing some one to follow Christ.
• Can be felt throughout your neighborhood and community because of your humble acts of kindness.
• Can be a hindrance to the cause of Christ in your neighborhood and community because of your worldly and hypocritical behavior.
• Can be seen every day.
• Can be built and strengthened over many years.
• Can be ruined by one foolish act.
• Can be mingled with the influence of others, for good or bad.
• Can be powerful in the life of someone else without you even knowing it.
• Can be good, even if someone reacts negatively to you or hurts you.
• Can be present after you leave an area (physically), in the form of good memories with those whom you touched.
• Can be seen by the repetition of your words or actions in the lives of those whom you taught.
• Can be controlled by you.
• WILL live on after you are gone from this life. “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden” (Matthew 5:14).

- Lance Cordle preaches the Calvert City Church of Christ in Calvert City, KY.  He may be contacted through the congregation's website: http://www.calvertchurchofchrist.com



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