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Early one morning on my way to the office, I was struck by the lyrics of a Matthew West song titled, “Do Something.” The lyrics summarize many of the issues our society faces today, but the one line that stood out was when the singer cries out to God, asking, “God, why don’t You do something?” And God said, “I did, I created you.”

How often we choose to fret about all that is wrong, rather than look for opportunities to do something to effect change. Matt. 5:14-16 says: “You are the light of the world … Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (NKJV).

Author Rose Kennedy wrote about the power of influence: “It’s a tremendous responsibility. What you do with one individual can influence not only him, but everyone he meets, and not for a day or a month or a year, but for time and eternity.”

Scripture clearly instructs us to be a godly influence to those with whom we come in contact. We are His representatives. I am convinced that the amount of influence we have with others is directly proportionate to our availability to them.

If that is true, then we must look at our daily influence opportunities as stewardship opportunities. When we take on this perspective, we will realize that we cannot haphazardly approach our days. We have to become strategic and intentional in stewarding opportunities of influence.

Making daily choices to be available to others is our responsibility. Matt. 5:16 (The Message) states: “Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.”

As we enter this new year, let’s make a commitment to steward well the opportunities we will have to be the light of Jesus to those around us. May we recognize that we were created and “sent” to be influencers, and that we are called to “do something!”

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is the corporate secretary and vice president of administrative operations for The Foursquare Church.

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