Today’s reading: Deuteronomy 19, 20, 21; Psalm 28, 58, 88, 118, 148; Proverbs 28
Deuteronomy 20:8, “And the officers shall speak further unto the people, and they shall say, What man is there that is fearful and fainthearted? let him go and return unto his house, lest his brethren’s heart faint as well as his heart.”
Some years ago I worked with someone that I became close to. It was so funny when people would call and talk to us; because, they could not tell which one of us was which. According to others we sounded just like one another on the phone. We all had a good laugh about it. On guy decided that when one of us would answer the phone he would say both of our first names as one name. This way he had a 50% chance of getting it correct.
I noticed also during this time that some things I would say were exactly the way he would have said them. I also noticed that occasionally he would say things that I would say. We shared some of the same likes and dislikes; but, not all. We both enjoyed spicy, hot food and many other things.
My point? You never know how you might influence someone when you are around them. Especially, if you are around them a lot. I have heard it said that “nearness is likeness”. I believe that because I have seen it. I have seen it in my wife and I. The longer we are married the more she and I pick up on the other person’s saying and mannerisms also. It is kind of funny.
If you allow someone to have influence over you then you are allowing that person to lead you. Leadership is influence. If I will not allow you to influence me then you will not lead me no matter how hard you try. It would be like trying to take a horse to the watering tank and then pull his head into the water to drink. The theme song to “Mission Impossible” is playing now. Yes, it would be impossible. I know this because I have tried it. Don’t attempt it.
So, who is influencing you today? What leader are you following? Have you tried following Jesus? If not start now!