Watch Your Influence



Key Bible Verse: You say, “I am allowed to do anything” – but not everything is beneficial. Don’t be concerned for your own good but for the good of others. (1 Corinthians 10:23-24)

Dig Deeper: 1 Corinthians 10:23-33

I have tried to choose my speaking venues carefully. It’s a concern my friend James Brown shares with me as a fellow believer. We both get quite a few requests to speak at corporations and have debated to what extent we should look at the values of the company or its products to determine where to speak. In certain instances, speaking at a particular company might be permissible, but might cause someone who doesn’t know Christ to question our witness or values, so in those situations we’ve each declined.

We all need to be conscious of areas where we can be a positive influence. We also need to be aware of our behaviour or lifestyle choices that could have a negative and potentially destructive influence on others. We don’t need to make decisions on the basis of legalism, but rather what might help or harm someone else.

We are allowed broad freedoms to live as we choose, and God grants us the free will to make decisions for our lives, but we need to understand that everything we do is observed by others. Each day, you are sending a message to the people around you and some of them are extremely impressionable. Is your message one you are proud to deliver?

– Tony Dungy in The One Year Uncommon Life Daily Challenge

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