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THE GREATEST INFLUENCER OF ALL TIME

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, an influencer is one who exerts influence: a person who inspires or guides the actions of others. Since social media has become so popular, companies and brands are now using “influencers” to market and sell their products. People like me are considered an influencer because we can reach thousands of people. However, I’ve always thought that everyone is an influencer to someone.

Celebrities have been influencing people for as long as I can remember. I wore the Farrah Fawcett hairstyle back in the day, and I bought every Teen Beat magazine that I could. Some of the ways celebrities influence us aren’t great, especially when we see them cavorting and carrying on. Seeing their photos splashed across the tabloids drinking, doing drugs, being arrested, and cheating on their spouses is a reminder that celebrities are human and prone to making mistakes. They are not anyone that we should look up to or pattern our life after.

Everyone that you come in contact with has the power to influence you. Your husband, your children, your friends, and those you work with all have the capability to influence your decisions. I might influence your choice of clothing, but they can influence other areas.

Ways That Others Can Influence You

Eating Choices

Have you ever been to a restaurant, and after your friend ordered, you said, “I’ll just have what they are having?” I know that I have. If you know someone who is a vegetarian, you might be persuaded to try that lifestyle.

Smoking and Drinking

How many of you have drinks socially with your friends? Once again, my hand is raised. While smoking isn’t as prevalent now as it has been in the past, most people started smoking by watching someone else light up.

Words

You might have noticed that you might let out a swear word or two when you are around someone who swears. UGH! I think I’ll just keep my hand up since all of these are pertaining to me. Children aren’t born swearing; they pick up that habit in the home or from friends at school. Movies and some television shows think you have to inject a swear word every minute or two to hold our attention. You get so used to hearing these words that you don’t even notice them anymore.

Politics

I am not a political person, but I’ve sure been talked to a lot about politics. My husband, mother, and sister are all very political, and I get to hear their heated and passionate soapbox speeches. They get to hear a lot of “uh-huh” and “really” from me. I am sure that most of you have heard your fair share of views on politics, even if you only hopped on Facebook to scroll and look at photos.

Religion

My grandmother used to pick up several of my cousins and take them to church every time the doors were open. Do you think that she might have influenced them? When she was suffering from dementia, she would still sit and sing hymns that we sang in church when I was young. Seeing her singing those hymns made an impression on me. She couldn’t remember my name, but she knew the words to those songs.

The other day, I read a commentary that called Jesus the greatest influencer of all time. He was the GREATEST, but, He wasn’t the first. There were others that heralded and prophesized about his coming. There were Moses and King David, who both had a lot of influence. Pope Francis even called Mary the most influential woman in history and the first influencer. Here is an article from Slate that talked about that.

Peter, James, Andrew, Paul, and of course, John the Baptist were all influencers of their times. They weren’t of noble birth or the smartest people around, but they told others about Jesus and influenced them to know Him.

Even though all of those mentioned were great influencers, none can compare to Jesus. His words, His actions, and His burial and resurrection continue to influence millions of people today. He has impacted more hearts and minds than any king or celebrity. He taught us to be humble, be servant-minded, be kind, and love each other. Then, He gave us a call to action.

Matthew 28:18-20

18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Jesus told us to be influencers. He told us to go and make disciples. The first step to making a disciple is to live like one. Your family, your friends, and your co-workers will notice and be influenced. It doesn’t matter how big your circle of influence is; you should use what you’ve been given.

The next time you hear someone debating about who is the Greatest of all Time, tell them that Tom Brady, Micheal Jordan, Lebron James, or Peyton Manning can’t hold a candle to Jesus Christ.

To God Goes The Glory!

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  1. Rebecca wrote:

    Thank you for your beautiful words and the courage to print them in this volatile and angry period in our country. You inspire us in many ways. We are grateful.

    Posted 3.22.21Reply
  2. Lani Carpenter wrote:

    Because of the pandemic the adults in our church are all meeting together for Sunday school. I was the teacher yesterday and your devotional yesterday went right along with the lesson and I read a portion of it. Thank you for sharing your faith. Lani

    Posted 3.22.21Reply
  3. Judy wrote:

    I had a friend who said that whenever she was with friends who drank socially, she turned her glass upside down (if there was a glass placed for that purpose) to make the point she did not drink without saying a word.

    Posted 3.21.21Reply
  4. Sharon G wrote:

    I love this post. I hope to always want to know Jesus more and more intimately and be influenced by him above all.

    Posted 3.21.21Reply
  5. Diane S. wrote:

    God is the B E S T! He is my SAVIOR AND REDEEMER! He is our H O P E!
    !

    Posted 3.21.21Reply
  6. JOANNE LAMBERT wrote:

    Amen!! How blessed we are!!

    Posted 3.21.21Reply
  7. Beckey wrote:

    Absolutely true! Thanks for the reminder.

    Posted 3.21.21Reply
  8. Barbara wrote:

    Amen! So right! We should all be paying attention to the life and words of Jesus so much more than anyone else! Thank you, Tania, for this reminder! Happy Sunday!

    Posted 3.21.21Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Exactly, Barbara.

      Posted 3.21.21Reply
    • Ce Ce wrote:

      We are so influence by so many things. The most valuable influence is our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen! Thanks for the post. Happy Sunday. Ce Ce

      Posted 3.21.21Reply
  9. Jes wrote:

    Powerful word. Yes, Jesus and God should be our first and main influencer. Many times a day I ask myself, “What would Jesus do?”
    Thanks

    Posted 3.21.21Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      I had never considered Jesus as an Influencer before, but He has influenced millions.

      Posted 3.21.21Reply
    • Melanie wrote:

      I was thinking yesterday how we are influencers in our own circles. Good word and reminder today!

      Posted 3.21.21Reply
  10. Jackie wrote:

    While I enjoy your daily posts and the cute clothes you find for us, I particularly enjoy your Sunday posts and the Bible verses at the end of each post. You proudly proclaim your faith in Jesus Christ. THANK YOU!

    Posted 3.21.21Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      I am so glad that you enjoy my Sunday posts.

      Posted 3.21.21Reply
  11. Well said…and so true…

    Posted 3.21.21Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Thanks, Pam!

      Posted 3.21.21Reply
  12. Liane wrote:

    Amen sister! Recently I’ve been listening to Leah Remini talking about cults and she unabashedly admits she has a potty mouth. I do really love her and her fervor and she has done so much to help people recover from Scientology. So she’s a great influencer as well as someone who could make a sailor blush. I’m going to remind myself that spewing the f bomb is not a quality to emulate. The very first sign on my mom slipping into dementia was a sudden onset of a lot of cursing. I don’t think Leah is demented LOL, but it’s a habit that’s hard to break just like smoking.

    Posted 3.21.21Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      I had to break the cussing habit too. Some of the people that I was around cussed too much, and I found myself doing it too.

      Posted 3.21.21Reply
  13. Linda L wrote:

    Beautiful!

    Posted 3.21.21Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Thanks, Linda!

      Posted 3.21.21Reply
  14. Donna wrote:

    Excellent post and so true. I’m thinking of how I can be an influencer/disciple of Christ. Thanks for drawing us closer to God! You influence me not only in fashion, but more importantly, to be a better Christian.

    Posted 3.21.21Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Thanks, Donna. I am always thinking of ways that I can be a better influencer/disciple of Christ also.

      Posted 3.21.21Reply
  15. Cheryl Sampson wrote:

    Amen and amen!

    Posted 3.21.21Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      I’m glad that you enjoyed the post, Cheryl.

      Posted 3.21.21Reply
  16. Chris wrote:

    Love this post! I love how you take something so today such as the term influencer and relate it to Jesus! The ultimate influencer!!!

    Posted 3.21.21Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      This is how my mind works, Chris. We don’t like in the Bible ages, so we have to apply His word to our world today.

      Posted 3.21.21Reply
  17. Gina wrote:

    Love this.

    Posted 3.21.21Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Thanks, Gina!

      Posted 3.21.21Reply
  18. Fiona wrote:

    Great post

    Posted 3.21.21Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Great! The subject spoke to me.

      Posted 3.21.21Reply
  19. Carolyn wrote:

    Amen!! Totally agree!!

    Posted 3.21.21Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Thanks! I am glad that you agree.

      Posted 3.21.21Reply
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