Photovotional — Ripples of Influence

RippleThe accompanying photograph is of a drop of water falling into a swimming pool that’s lined with blue tile and white grouting. The tile and grouting create a graph design. Graphs are used to measure results. I took the picture with the specific intention of wanting to illustrate how influence is measurable, tangible, real.

Each of us is influential because we are in relationships and relationships cause ripples! We can’t live our lives without having a ripple effect on others. Each of us has a sphere of influence, people upon whose lives we have impact. It may be a large number of people or a small circle of people, but influence people we do. Some we have major influence on – a mate, a relative, a friend, a co-worker, a neighbor. We cause ripples in their lives day after day, week after week, year after year. We have a lesser influence on many others, but we can still help to make or ruin their day – the grocery bagger, the bank teller, the server in a restaurant.

It doesn’t take much to cause a ripple in a person’s life that keeps on rippling outward. Many of us can think of a statement someone made years ago, perhaps an offhanded comment, that has impacted our life ever since in either a good or negative way.

What kind of effect are we having on those within our sphere of influence? There’s an old song, titled “Make Me a Blessing” that was written in 1924. It goes like this:

Out in the highways and byways of life,
many are weary and sad;
carry the sunshine where darkness is rife,
making the sorrowing glad.
Make me a blessing, make me a blessing –
out of my life may Jesus shine;
make me a blessing, O Savior; I pray,
make me a blessing to someone today.

The apostle Peter said of Jesus’ life that He “went around doing good…because God was with him.” (Acts 10:38) May God be with us as we go around doing good, having a positive ripple effect on those within our sphere of influence!

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