Impact is often defined as “having a strong influence on someone or something.” Consider for a moment, how your decisions and behavior affect your sphere of influence. The things you say and do can have either a positive or negative impact on them. The choice is yours to make. Today, I want to share three ways to impact those around you in a positive manner.
Learn to make intelligent decisions not emotional ones. I tell people all the time, think before you react. The best thing to do is to fully assess the situation before you respond. Many people have lived to regret making permanent decisions on temporary problems. The Bible confirms this idea in Proverbs 18:13, “He who answers before listening –that is his folly and his shame.” If you’re going to truly impact those around you in a positive manner, you cannot allow your emotions to influence your decisions making.
Learn to keep your focus. There are so many things in life that will try to draw your attention away from your relationship with Jesus. If we are not careful, technology, hobbies, pursuit of wealth, and our daily to-do-list can interfere with our relationship with God. However, Hebrews 12:2 warns us, “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith…” In other words, try to minimize the interruptions in your life by remaining focused on the things that are most important.
Learn to press past the pain. Life is not always easy. It has its fair share of ups and downs. Your ability to make positive impact in life is often determined by your level of fortitude. Fortitude is defined as, “mental and emotional strength in facing difficulty, adversity, danger, or temptation courageously.” Fortitude speaks to a person’s determination and ability to endure those things that challenge our inner spirit. The Bible says it best in Hebrews 10:36, “For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised.” Impactful people press past the pain.
Living an impactful life should be very important to the Christian. We should all strive to impact our sphere of influence for the cause of Christ. We should all work hard at making intelligent decisions, not emotional ones. We should make every effort to remain focused on the things that are important. And we should endeavor to press past the painful difficulties that come to challenge our faith. I leave you today with the words found in Matthew 5:14, “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.” Blessings!!!
Pastor Cornell Maltbia is senior pastor at True Holiness Saints Center in Conway. He serves on various nonprofit boards throughout his tenure of community service. For more information or to contact Maltbia, log onto trueholiness.net.