For the last few weeks since beginning this series, I have been focusing on praying for God to change me as I seek to pray for my family. We looked at titles such as:
These posts all dealt with looking at ourselves and committing ourselves to God, so that we can better pray for our families.
Today, I continue this series with a poem I wrote a long time ago about our influence on others. At that time when I wrote the poem I was a teenager and just thinking about how we impact our peers.
Well since doing this series and looking at praying for myself first, I was drawn to this poem. So many thoughts flooded my mind as I realized that I needed to pray for my influence on my family. As I took time to look at this area, three questions constantly filled up my thoughts. Unfortunately when I tried to answer those questions, it caused me to stare face to face with the reality that I have not been using the influence that I have on my family for their best good. I have given in to frustrations, annoyances, pride, resentment, laziness, doubt..(too much things to number now) and during these moments I failed to see past myself and how I was feeling and what I wanted, and examine the influence I was having on my family.
But God is good, and despite all the negative influences I have had on my family He has given me the strength to be a good influence on my family. And notice I use the term “has given me” showing that it is already done, because in Christ all this are already accomplished!
So I share with you those three questions that are constantly on my mind now.
1) What influence do I have on my family?
2) Where will this road that I am on lead?
3) Will those who come behind me find a path leading upwards or a broad path which leads to destruction?
And as we commit time to pray about our influence on our family I pray that mine, as well as yours, will be one that causes our families to follow the path to eternal life.