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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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March 15, 2013 - Committed to Lead

By Gary Rogers

If you are in any position of influence, you are a leader. Leadership is influence. It may be influence with two or 2,000 people, but the principle remains the same. Influencing others in their decisions and helping them shape their values is a supreme place of leadership.

This leadership can be seen on the playground when one child tells another to "not say that because it is not nice." You see it on the football field when a hurt player hears an opposing team member say, "Is it OK if I pray for you?" It is there in the corner office of the CEO when he lets new employees know that integrity and honesty will be expected in their business dealings.

When in a position of influence, you can expect opposition. Not everyone on the playground will say, "I'm sorry! I'll not say that again." On the football field not everyone will share your compassion and concern for the hurt player from the opposing team. There are some corporations so consumed with the ambition to make more money that values are pushed to the side.

Leading with influence in an environment of opposition can be discouraging. Aaron was dealing with opposition as recorded in Numbers 16. The people were opposing his leadership and ignoring his influence. In Numbers 17:1-8, God confirmed His support of Aaron by having a dead, dried-out stick grow buds and produce ripe almonds.

To show His approval of Aaron's leadership, God used Aaron's walking staff. God did this miracle in the full view of the people so they would know Aaron had the backing of God himself. What a blessing and encouragement for Aaron.

It is often difficult to communicate to others what God has placed in your heart. You want to influence others in the direction God is leading. You desire to present your goals in a way people will want to follow. You don't want to seem pushy. You don't want to appear to be a dictator. You don't want to be judged as thinking you are better than others.

But if you stay silent, no influence takes place. If you remain silent, you miss God. If you allow the fear of misunderstanding and rejection to prevent you from being an influence, you let the enemy win.

The people around you need your influence. As a child of God wanting to do what is right, you can lead through your influence. Don't hesitate to speak up. Don't hesitate to offer prayer. Don't hesitate to stand firm for what you know is right.

Yes, it would be great if God would do some tremendous miracle to be seen by those who reject you. But even if others don't accept us, we must continue to remain faithful to our God.

— Gary Rogers is senior pastor at Grand Assembly of God in Chickasha, Okla.




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