Theme of the Week: Your Silent Influence
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
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Key Bible Verse: "Here is a simple rule of thumb for behavior: Ask yourself what you want people to do for you; then grab the initiative and do it for them!" (Luke 6:31, The Message)
Dig Deeper: Luke 6:27-36
We can influence others through our character in amazingly simple ways.
I once interviewed Dr. Roy E. Yarbrough, director of sports management studies at the California University of Pennsylvania. He told me, "I demonstrate my character to my students by being on time for class, by responding to student e-mail within 12 hours, by learning my students' names, and by taking time to listen to them. These sound like simple, inconsequential acts, but I've found that these small actions give me credibility and influence with my students. My life is under scrutiny, and I have to prove my character by the way I live.
"Some of my senior students have told me, 'I've been in college four years and you're the only professor who knows my name.' Why should that be? It's so easy to take note of a student and to have an influence on that young person's life. My goal is not only to impart knowledge, but to instill character. One of the easiest yet most effective ways to do that is by showing students you care about them as people."
We need to think of all the people who look up to us—then ask ourselves, "How will they be affected by my actions, my choices, and my character?"
—Pat Williams in The Difference You Make
My Response: How am I doing at proving my character by the way I live?
Thought to Apply: What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.—Ralph Waldo Emerson (poet, essayist)
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.
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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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