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How to Have Enduring Influence
Theme of the Week: Your Silent Influence
Sunday, March 23, 2014

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Who Said It … Pat Williams

Pat Williams is cofounder and senior vice president of the NBA's Orlando Magic. A basketball Hall-of-Famer, Pat has more than 50 years of professional sports experience. He has written dozens of books including Coach Wooden and The Difference You Make—the source of this week's readings. Along with being a Sunday school teacher and serious baseball fan, Pat is a marathoner, weightlifter, and Civil War buff. Read more about Pat at

What he Said … How to Have Enduring Influence

Influence is the ability to change hearts and minds through the way we live our lives. Therefore, character is influence. If you lack character, you are incapable of genuine influence. If you have a depth of good character, you can't help but positively impact the people around you. Your influence naturally flows from your character like fresh water from a good spring.

People watch you all the time. Your children notice when you break the speed limit or sneak office supplies home from work. Your employees notice when you fudge your business ethics or lie to customers. Your coworkers notice when you cheat on your expense account.

You are continually influencing the people around you for better or worse. So live your life as if you are under a microscope, even in your private moments. Make sure there is no glimmer of daylight between your words and your actions. If you guard your character and practice integrity, you'll have an enduring influence.

Key Study Passage: Proverbs 4:23-27

Adapted from The Difference You Make by Pat Williams with Jim Denney (Revell, 2013) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.

Prayer for the Week
Heavenly Father, help me to admit my mistakes, guard my integrity, and always strive to be the same man in secret as I am before the watching world.

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William Andrew Wilson

March 30, 2014  10:38am

With all the talk about the NSA, advertising. and social media mining and storing data then we can't admit that we are being watched. We have to strive to lead honorable lives. If you live like everyone is watching eventually they will. If you could watch your life in a movie, what would like to see? And what would you like your children to see?

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Curt Schleicher

March 24, 2014  8:36am

Being the same man from the inside out is tough to apply but necessary to follow Christ. Sure , you'll stumble along the way, we all do, but it's life' journey that makes us unique.

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Kevin Kracher

March 24, 2014  4:37am

Sobering thoughts, but needed to read this.

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March 23, 2014  11:23am

Absolutely true and right to the mark.

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