Influences

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This second piece of Reminders and Influences focuses on the lasting impact we have on others, by every facet and moment we are around them.

Where We Each Are In Life

Probably the most identifiable recount from the Scriptures for the group in which I find myself speaking in front of (Seniors Group at our Church), would have to be II Timothy 1:1-18 | KJV, zeroing in on verse five (5). This letter was written by Paul the Apostle to Timothy with a recount of the Faith which was being spoken of having a heritage or lineage from his Grandmother Lois and Mother Eunice. Paul was persuaded of this as he had God’s knowledge of being a great Joy to him personally. Think about it – Ms. Lois and Ms. Eunice have their names written down for all Eternity because of the Influence they had been to and for their Young Timothy.

“When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.” II Timothy 1:5 | King James Version

In this Passage of Scripture we have some other identifying remarks as well…

  • Paul could not get around as easily as he used to be able.
  • Paul was writing to him, not going to see him himself.
  • Others had to come see Paul on their time.
  • Paul was having to rely on Memory of a time gone by.
  • Paul recalled tough times for Timothy.
  • Paul Encouraged Timothy with Recounts of Successes.

Each one of YOU  (Seniors Group at our Church) have an incredible ability to influence those of us that have come behind you – there are younger couples that need to see you, talk to you, be around you. There are teens and even younger kids that need to have the influence of those that have traveled a far piece down the road than they have. YOU (Seniors Group at our Church) are NOT done yet. Philippians 1:7 | KJV

“Even as it is meet for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart; inasmuch as both in my bonds, and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel, ye all are partakers of my grace.” Philippians 1:7 | King James Version

Each of you have accounts that we will never have the influence of, but by and through what you share with us. Hebrews 10:31-32 | KJV

“It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions;” Hebrews 10:31-32 | King James Version

Unfortunately, we today do not know of the real struggle of what it is like to start a NEW Church from the meager means of a shoestring and a prayer.  We also are unaware of the influences that others had on your lives which have helped you to get to where you are today.

Influence

A couple of statistics for the word Influence:

  • 1 time as standard word (Job 38:31)
  • 70 times as overflow, flowing, flow, flowed (Exodus to II Peter)

Oh how we need a few Paul’s in our day, who are will to invest their lives into the generation(s) following them, such that each of us would know and understand the struggles of yesteryear. Having the Courage to make that Investment and then taking the time to Encourage those same individuals is exactly what Paul did with young Timothy.  Each of you should be the Paul’s of today and I should faithfully be the Timothy for both today and tomorrow, should the Lord tarry.

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