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September 28th, 2017

You may not realize it or even think about it, but every time you are with someone you are influencing them in some way.

“It makes such a huge difference when you recognize your mood, your attitude and your emotion is contagious…every time you are meeting (someone) you’re not just exchanging information, you’re literally influencing their mood, their attitude and their emotion and they’re going to come away from you feeling a little bit better about themselves or a little bit depleted.” (Steve Gutzler, President, Leadership Quest)

So, would someone who’s just been with you typically say you made them feel depleted or encouraged? Paul talked about the importance of being a gracious influencer.

"Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person." (Colossians 4:6)

Did you notice how that verse ends? It ends with "each person." Our living God wants to be invited into every conversation we have with “each person.” In the past, I’ve asked the Holy Spirit to guide me when I’m about to have a particularly challenging talk with someone, but that isn’t the case with every one of my conversations. You and I need to remember each conversation is an opportunity to influence another and to ask the Holy Spirit to help us find that delicate blend of exhibiting grace, truth, justice, and love.

Of course, the greatest influencer in history is our Lord Jesus. He should be the primary influence; not only on our mood, attitude, and emotions, but on every aspect of our being; past, present, and future. After all, He’s the one who indwells us with hope.

"Christ in you, the hope of glory." (Colossians 1:27)

With the Spirit of our Lord and Savior abiding in us, shouldn’t we be among the greatest influencers of hope to those around us? Shouldn’t we follow the example He set by asking God to give us the right words to say?

"Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on My own initiative, but the Father abiding in Me does His works." (John 14:10)

So, are you ready to consciously be a person of influence? It can start with your next conversation.