-written by Chris Cook
If you have a relationship with anyone, you are a person of influence. If you are alive and breathing, you are a person of influence. People are coming to you to hear and see how you interpret this life. Not only are people coming to you, but they also watch from a distance.
As a person of influence, you are also a counselor. We often believe counseling is left up to the paid professionals, but counseling is built into every one of our relationships.
Recently, one of my son’s classmates was being bullied and got in trouble for responding inappropriately. Tyler, my son, noticed he was very upset and took it upon himself to write the boy a note. Tyler told his classmate that he is a masterpiece made by God and encouraged him not to listen to the negative things others were saying.
We only heard about this incident because Tyler’s teacher witnessed what happened and sent us an e-mail glowing with pride. Tyler acted as a counselor to this young boy and in turn also influenced his teacher. I imagine there are still others we don’t know about that were reached by his one act of compassion!
As people of influence, we must ask ourselves…
1 – Am I a godly influence? Your coworkers, friends, neighbor, spouse… they are watching you and evaluating the decisions you make. Your life is influencing what they believe about God. What impact is your influence making?
2 – Am I a godly counselor? When others ask for your help and advice, are you leaning on your own understanding or speaking God’s truth in love and pointing them to the scriptures? (Proverbs 3:5, Ephesians 4:15, Hebrews 4:12)
3 – Am I taking advantage of the opportunities Christ is giving me? My son saw an opportunity and took the initiative to influence someone for Christ. Don’t shy away from what God has put in your life. You are a person of influence; be one for Christ.
So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!” (2 Corinthians 5:20, NLT)
Chris Cook is just a country boy that was born and raised on a farm out in the big town of Clem, Georgia. I have been married for 14 years to my lovely wife, Lydia, and we have two sons, Tyler and Connor. I love to fish, hunt, read, and play golf (which I know is not much of a country boy sport). I am the Lead Discipleship Pastor at SoHills. I love working, coaching, and encouraging people every day.