Living a life of influence is all about relationships; intentional, authentic relationships. We are met each day with an opportunity to impact the lives of others. If we are going to change the world we live in, if we are going to make a difference in the lives of the people around us we must have a platform and a source.
Your relationship with them is the platform. A platform is something that is given and earned. There are a multitude of voices in the world, more today than ever. Every person must choose which voices they are going to listen to. When someone trusts you and respects you, they will give you the platform to speak into their life. This trust and respect is earned through relationship.
Having a platform is not enough. Everyone has a platform with somebody. However, we are not all positively influencing those whom have come to trust and respect us. If our platform is going to be positive, we must have a source.
Our relationship with Him is the source. When I don’t spend time alone with God in prayer and study of His Word, I immediately notice that the positive impact that my life has on those around me begins to decline. I don’t have anything to give of myself if I don’t first receive from Him. I have nothing to pour out if I don’t first allow Him to pour in. It is Him working through me that allows me to be a blessing at all.
Change your world. Build a platform. Stay connected to the source.
“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” -Jim Rohn
This quote was the title of a post from one of the blogs that I frequent. Of course, this is just an idea. There is no real science behind it. But it should cause you to pause and think about the people who are influencing your life. When I think about it, I do find a lot of the characteristics, beliefs, and habits of those people whom I spend my time with to be rubbing off on me. (And I wonder if I am rubbing off on others. And if so, am I rubbing off in a positive or negative way?)
I tweeted this quote earlier today, stating that I hoped Jesus was in our top five. I received a comment from a Facebook friend (Rachel Pio) shortly after I tweeted. She made a pretty obvious but thought-provoking statement. “Jesus raises the average.”
The more time I spend with Him, the better I become. It becomes painfully obvious in my every day life. Let’s just say you can tell when I haven’t spent any time with Him. But when I do, there is a difference. As I behold Him, I am changed “from glory to glory” into His image.
Jesus doesn’t just raise the average by being in the top five (if the greatest man is a 10, He is a 100*). But as I get closer to Him, He removes people/things from my list that bring my average down (dropping the 1-5’s from my circle of influence) and He adds people/things to my list that bring the average up (pastor, mentors, people of like precious faith).
So… Is Jesus in your top five? Is he shaping your life? Or did He fail to make the list?
*obviously it would be impossible to assign a number here, you get my point.