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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. ...




Vantage Point: Impact

By Ken Horn
Feb. 16, 2014

While on a mission to arrest Christians, Saul of Tarsus was knocked to the ground and blinded. The impact changed the world.

One short definition of the word impact is “to hit [something] with great force” (Merriam-Webster).

Saul was hit with that kind of impact, and, as Paul the apostle, he became the greatest of first-century missionaries.

Christians certainly need to influence others by their godly lives. Men and women of God who have long ago gone into the Lord’s presence often continue to impact multitudes after their deaths. Their anointed writings or powerful biographies can stir spiritual action in a new generation. Revivalists Charles Finney and Dwight Moody are great examples of this.

A century’s worth of the Pentecostal Evangel has recorded testimonies, life accounts and challenging writing from many a hero of the faith. (Access this array of inspiration at pe.ag.org and iFPHC.org.)

Impact is a special kind of influence. It is hitting someone hard enough to redirect them.

Many times, this process is not pleasant. The things that influence you in life are often the things that hit you hard. Saul was hit hard by God on the road to Damascus ... and eventually redirected by the impact. (See Acts 9.)

We seldom appreciate being redirected while it is happening. Redirection often happens too late for us to thank the one whose impact made the positive change. Sometimes the very death of that person provides the impetus for the impact to slam home.

Impact can redirect you from a bad path to a good one. It can also redirect you from a good path to a better one.

We all need this kind of influence periodically. That means we need to look for lessons even in the trials of life.

But impact can also be pleasant. Most of us have within our means the ability to significantly impact a life, simply by taking an interest in someone. (See Galatians 6:2.) A person suffering a lack of self-worth or going through a trial alone is a miracle waiting to happen, if some believer will simply take an interest. Countless souls have been drawn to Christ through gentle impact like this.

If life hits you hard, look for direction from God. And look for your own opportunities to impact a life ... by the simple application of Christian love.

Ken Horn
Editor

 

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