How Can You Be A Person Of Influence?

August 29, 2016


Who is a person of influence?

What do Ronald Reagan, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Billy Graham have in common? They have been leaders of influence. All had vision, integrity and faith.  Ronald Reagan “pursued peace through strength.” Martin Luther King, Jr. believed in loving your enemies and pushing away fear. “We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.” Billy Graham believes in vision. In one of his speeches he said, “when there’s no vision then the people perish.”


Merriam-Webster defines influence as “the power to change or affect someone or something.” 

Can you think of people who have made an impression on you through your life? Perhaps it was your parents, grandparents, teachers or friends. Why are these people important?

Why be a person of influence?

  • To encourage others
  • To encourage moral principles
  • To lead others to a stronger faith

“Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people.” Isaiah 55:4 KJV

Martin Luther King had courage to speak out for racial inequality. Ronald Reagan communicated with passion about family values and freedom. Billy Graham spoke of personal faith and belief in God. These leaders affected millions of people. They spoke with boldness about their beliefs. They shared these qualities.


  • courage
  • passion for freedom
  • personal faith


How can you touch the lives of others?


You don’t have to be a leader recognized by the world to impact others. Know what you believe and why. Be willing to share some of your wisdom.  You can have an effect on your family and friends by standing true to your convictions. As our culture drifts morally and spiritually, it’s important to stand for integrity.  Encourage morality. Demonstrate faith.


In my own life, my grandfather encouraged me to think for myself. He worked his way through college and became an ordained minister. To support his family, he farmed. Current events and politics were frequent subjects of conversation and he was an active member of the community. Later in life, he was honored for his work and given a “This Is Your Life” award. Attending the ceremony made a lasting impression on me. It demonstrated that hard work and deep faith in God can make a difference.


How have influences of others affected your life? Can you be a mentor or an encourager to someone?


What Is Awesome Courage When Facing A Goliath?

August 15, 2016


Most of us have had some type of challenge in our lives where the odds seemed insurmountable.

Situations such as a cancer diagnosis or death of a loved one, require an abundance of courage. Conflicts with family, friends, and others call for bravery. What is your definition of courage?

There is an incident in the Old Testament that will help clarify the meaning.

Facing A Threat

Israel was at war with the Philistines. The Philistine army had a champion. But the terrified Israeli army had no one willing to face the warrior.

The Enemy

The Israelites had good reason to fear the giant. Goliath stood 6 cubits and a span. According to the Expanded Bible, his height measured 9 feet 4 inches. The armor worn by this hulk weighed 125 pounds. The wooded part of his spear was the size of a beam.

The Israelites must have been quaking in their sandals!

Goliath in his big booming voice dared the Israeli army to send a warrior to fight. He taunted them with the fact that if he won, they would become slaves.

The Unlikely Champion

David a young shepherd happened to be in the Israeli camp, delivering food to his brothers. While David visited, Goliath shouted his challenge as he had for the last 40 days. David couldn’t believe the giant taunted God’s army.

The soldiers told David the king offered a great reward to anyone who would kill the giant. David’s older brother overheard the conversation. He scolded him for leaving the sheep. He accused David of being prideful and wicked in heart.

No brotherly love there.

David refused to be put off by his brother’s rebuke. King Saul summoned David who offered to battle the giant. The king discouraged David because of his youth and lack of experience in battle. But David convinced the king.

The king agreed and offered his own armor.  David refused. He needed his own equipment, a sling shot and few smooth stones.

On the battlefield, Goliath taunted David.

David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.” 1 Samuel 17: 45 

With one stone, David slew Goliath.

How did David possess such courage? He was loyal to God and trusted Him.

To have courage, you have to develop these 4 characteristics.

  • strength
  • confidence
  • integrity
  • good judgement


“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.” Eleanor Roosevelt

What do you think makes up courage? Are you currently experiencing a situation that requires courage?

When Reliable Faith Turns To Fear

July 11, 2016

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What happens when life is speeding along, and suddenly, you are hit by a storm? It’s life changing. Life is rearranged. How do you survive? You ask, “Where are you God?”

  • Life’s storms bring Change
  • Panic threatens
  • Faith is replaced by Fear


“So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus.  But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!” Matthew 14: 29-30 



Changing Circumstances

My life took a sudden turn when my mother could no longer live alone. She needed supervision. After much prayer, it became clear that I was to be her caregiver. I stepped out in faith and moved my mother into my home. We settled into a routine.

One day after  visiting my sister, mother seemed confused. I tried to reorient her to her surroundings. Then I went upstairs to fix a meal. When I returned with her supper, she had put all her clothing into piles and said she was going to California. She didn’t want to be alone.

It was the blustery wind that caused Peter to worry. And during my mother’s confusion, I began to feel anxious.


The Situation Calls for Action

I called for help, and Hospice sent a nurse to evaluate the situation. After several days, it became clear my mother required round the clock supervision. When my husband suggested a nursing home, I panicked. Like Peter, I felt I was sinking.

Hospice was great about offering support. But emotionally, I wasn’t prepared to send my sweet mother to a nursing facility.

I begged God to help me make a decision.

“Fear is, somehow or other, the archenemy itself. It crouches in people’s hearts. It hollows out their insides, until their resistance and strength are spent and they suddenly break down.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer


Why Did You Doubt?

 “And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”  Matthew 14:31

My siblings helped me decide on an Assisted Living Facility. But eventually, my mother required skilled nursing. She had to be put in a Nursing Home.

I’d be lying, if I said the situation was ideal. But to my amazement, mother enjoyed having a roommate. She made many friends and liked the personal attention. She even entered a Beauty Contest where she received First Runner Up.

In spite of my doubts, Jesus had the situation under control the entire time. Can you relate to a time when your faith was replaced by fear? How did you handle the situation?