Nicky Gumbel writes, ‘Everyone influences someone’. Therefore, in a sense, everyone is a leader. Sociologists tell us that even the most introverted individual will influence 10,000 other people during his or her lifetime.
As I look back on my life, I have been influenced by so many people – my parents, teachers, friends and family. Just as I have been influenced by others, inevitably what I do and say will influence others for good or ill.
As the African proverb puts it, ‘If you think you’re too small to make a difference, you haven’t spent the night with a mosquito.’ The mosquito makes a difference in an annoying way, but the principle is the same. One person can stop a great injustice. One person can be a voice for truth. One person’s kindness can save a life. Each person matters.
History is in many ways a story of influence. In reality, we all influence one another in all sorts of ways – from what to have for lunch and what films to watch, to more important matters of truth and ethics.
What we do as individuals, as a community or a nation affects others.
How do you use that influence for good?
How do you maximise your influence?
As we all start out today on the adventure of a brand new working week, make a decision to make your life count for good.
A daily devotion for a better way of living.