The Importance of Influence

Parents, you know the day will come when your children will face a situation where they will have to decide in an instant whether or not to give into temptation. That moment will come when you are not there to give direction or warning. All of your training, discipline and instruction will be on the line in that moment. This is a sobering reality. When that moment comes the scales will be tipped positively or negatively by one key component: your influence.

One definition of "influence" reads this way: "the capacity to have an effect on the character, development, or behavior of someone or something."

You won't be there to say, "Don't trust her," or "He's lying to you." You won't even know when the moment comes. It won't help to send your children a detailed email each day about what dangers they may face. When the moment comes all your children will have from you is your influence. (Obviously, I am not precluding the grace of God in any particular situation.)

How attractive has your instruction been to your children? Do they perceive your words as precious gifts which adorn their life (Proverbs 1:8-9)? Or has your instruction been dominated by anger, frustration, and disappointment with their performance?

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