Who Is the Most Influential Person in Your Life?

Who is the most influential person in your life?

You are.

As Paul Tripp has said, “No one is more influential in your life than you are, because no one talks to you more than you do.”

Sounds simple, doesn’t it? Unfortunately, though we wield this influence over ourselves, we also ironically fail to realize just how dramatically we do. When we fail to take a proactive stance in our own lives, we assume by default an attitude of victimization. Things are constantly happening to us, and we give in the fight to feel whatever we feel, believe whatever we believe, love whoever we love. We by our inattentiveness hand over this influence to anyone and everyone else.

This is also where we might also begin to drift into some kind of self-help, self-empowering mumbo jumbo. The question that keeps us out of that territory is exactly what you are going to say to yourself.

Is our message going to be based on ourselves? Our own abilities? Our own goodness?

Or is our message going to be one of joy in our weakness and Christ’s strength? Our own sinfulness but Christ’s righteousness? Our own need and God’s provision?

You have the primary voice inside your head. Make sure you are speaking the truth to you today.  

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Michael Kelley
Michael Kelley lives in Nashville, TN, with his wife, Jana, and three children: Joshua (10), Andi (7), and Christian (5). He serves as Director of Groups Ministry for Lifeway Christian Resources. As a communicator, Michael speaks across the country at churches, conferences, and retreats and is the author of Wednesdays Were Pretty Normal: A Boy, Cancer, and God, Transformational Discipleship, and Boring: Finding an Extraordinary God in an Ordinary Life. Find him on Twitter: @_MichaelKelley.

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