The Impact that You and I Can Make
Written by Pia Wilcox (PoP’s People Relations Manager)
What is the legacy that you intend to leave?
Have you ever pondered on that question? Has it ever crossed your mind?
Well, I personally am a newbie at this thing so-called motherhood. Feeding times, diaper changes, random cries, cute giggles, warm hugs, witnessing milestones and so much more. I’d say challenging yet very fulfilling. As I am writing this, my now 5-month old daughter is laying down beside me, quietly staring at me as she listens to the sound that my keyboard makes.
I wonder what’s going on in that fresh little mind.
I can see a sense of innocence and curiosity in her eyes.
It’s kinda terrifying to think that she has a whole world out there to discover and numerous people to come across with. How would this world treat her? What kind of influences would surround her? What should I do about that?
All of these remind me that we all have been given a wonderful opportunity to make this world a better place. For our children. For our younger siblings. For the generations after us.
You may not realize it, but we all have our span of influence of some sort. You don’t have to be a parent to say that you can influence someone else’s life. You don’t have to gain a seat in the government or be in the limelight to realize that your life is influential. Cause you have the “power of influence” in your hands. Right here. Right now.
To quote a famous movie line: “With great power comes great responsibility”. Realizing the power of influence that we are entrusted with, how are we supposed to live our lives?
The God of the universe has placed us where we are for a reason. Whether you are a college student, a busy worker in the corporate world, an overseas worker, a homemaker, an empty nester, you are there because you have a mission to fulfill. God wants to use you and your life to bring others closer to Him. Isn’t that a wonderful privilege to have?
Guess what, it all starts from within us.
Say yes to God and He is more than willing to transform us into His likeness. Through that, we’ll be able to be little mirrors that reflect His love and grace in this world.
Even more, we are called to lead by example.
We should practice what we preach. We successfully back up what we say when it is reflected in our lives. In this case, nothing goes better than words and actions that are aligned with each other.
Great news, even a single good thing can go a long way.
Studies say that about 70 percent of our body is made up of water. One amazing property of water that we can adopt in our lives is its ability to create a ripple effect. Throw the smallest of pebbles on water and it would generate a circle after circle, resembling a ripple. That’s how our “circle of influence” works. One good example that we show our inner circle would then affect a bigger circle then a much bigger circle and definitely, the world.
So, never ever underestimate the impact that you can make.
More than the sound that my keyboard makes, I intend on leaving footprints that would lead my daughter (and future children) to Jesus. And as long as the Lord would allow it, I desire to do the same with all the people that He has placed in my life.