Yesterday I did a voice of camp Nathanael radio spot on "Influencer". Here's a bit of it:
I can be easily influenced by people. Their words can be an encouragement to me, or their words can greatly discourage. I must be on guard. Sometimes I regret the words that I've listened to and the choices I've made because of the words that I've taken to heart. How would you feel if you heard these words?
"You just can't get anything right",
"You're never going to amount to anything",
"What makes you think you can do that when no one else in the family has?"
It's good to be cautious about these words that people might say to you. Beware of their influence on your life.
Do you know what happenes to me when I let people influence me negatively? Maybe this happens to you. I get caught in the doldrums. You what the doldrums are? I came across the doldrums when I did a workshop on the wind a few at camp a few years ago.
In the 1800's the only means of crossing the ocean was on sailing ships. Sometimes when people came to America they would sail across the equator. That was a mistake because they would get stuck with no regular wind for their sailing ships to carry them along. They might drift for days and days waiting for a breeze. There were accounts of throwing horses overboard to conserve water.
Wind was the good influencer for those sailing ships. The lack of wind, being caught in the doldrums was very bad. People's words can put me in the dolrums. One word of discouragement and I am on a downward spiral to make me feel like I can't do things very will. I get into the "woe is me" syndrome. Until I realize what is happening in my life;then God brings verses to mind to help me move on:
Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ what strengthens me."
Hebrews 3:13 "But encourage one another daily as log as it is called today. so that one of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness."
I am so glad for the good influencers in my life. Their words put a bounce in my step. Maybe it's just a few simple encouraging words that make my day. Sometimes the words of those good influencers change the course of my life!
Will you be that good influencer today for those you talk to?