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You will remember that before you became Christians you went around from one idol to another, not one of which could speak a single word.

1 Corinthians 12:2 TLB

Who has made the greatest impact in your life? Who has the biggest influence over it today?

I struggle with how to answer these questions at this point in my life. Certainly, I have been impacted by my grandparents and influenced by my parents. But, as an adult, I wonder who or what impacts my life most and what influences I allow into my daily routine.

More importantly, who am I impacting? What influence do I have over others? I think of my children. I also consider my friends. What am I doing–or not doing–with regards to them?

Then I contemplate these words from 1 Corinthians 12:2. How much impact or influence should anyone have on another? At least, the pagan idols were silent. Human beings, in general, are not.

For me, it comes down to who am I going to allow to lead me from one place in my life to another. For me, there is only one answer to that question.

“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,
    whose confidence is in him.”

Jeremiah 17:7 NIV

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.

Proverbs 3:5-6 NASB

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