I don’t know about you, but I often feel that I am not a positive influence on others. I’d even go as far as saying that there are times when my actions/reactions shock me in, as if I’m honest, they can only be described as unchristian like…and that more than anything disappoints and upsets me.

I consider myself a Christian and as such I do try to live a Christlike life, as I’m sure you’ll agree, life can throw situations our way that test us and stretch our resolve to the limits.

positive influencesSo imagine my surprised and privilege recently, when someone I least expected, came to me privately and asked me for some help and guidance “because they trusted and respected me because I am a Christian and attend the Salvation Army“. I felt truly humbled to have been thought of in this way.

I can only hope that God gave me the right words for them at that time as although I see that person many times, I have no idea whether I will ever know whether our discussion helped in any way, so I can only hope and pray that if the situation arises again, I will, through God’s help, be able to give the support and guidance required.

I have prayed many times since then for that person and their family, and although I can’t share any more of the details of this situation with you publicly, I would ask you to pray for this person and their family.

We may think our words and actions go unnoticed, but my recent experience just goes to prove that people do notice us for the right reasons when we try our best to live as Christ wants us to live. So please keep on believing that you can be a positive influence in other lives, because I’ve proved that even I can be a positive influence on others, therefore so can you!

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