This week some friends from Indiana came to visit. We met them when the father was serving as an interim pastor at a church we used to go to, and have kept up a friendship with them even after they moved. They have a little girl named Kaylyn. Kaylyn was three when I met her and is almost seven now. Kaylyn's and my relationship is very unique. I am ten years older than her, at a completely different stage of life, and yet she considers me her "best friend". She writes me letters and loves to have me read to her and play dolls with her when we get together. It's so fun, not only for her, but also for me! There is one thing that I have to keep an eye on: that is, what am I teaching her by my example? Do I teach her to be unkind to her siblings when I get exasperated at my own sister about something? Or do I teach her to be like Christ and show love towards others by showing love myself? Do I teach her to want to do her own thing and not listen to authority? Or do I, by submitting myself, teach her the joys of submission? Do I influence her to seek things of this world? Or do I encourage her, by my example, to seek the things which are above? Since she looks up to me as a best friend, she will want to do what I do. She's watching me-- does she me following Christ?
Then the situation reverses when it come to the friendship between Kaylyn's mom and myself. Mrs. Hadley has been such an encouragement to me and is an example to me of the godly lady I want to be. Because she has been careful to reflect Christ and be an example of the believers, I have been influenced by her to desire Christlikeness myself. She and I write back and forth too, and her letters are always so encouraging. There are ladies at church, too, like her that I am blessed to know. I watch them and see how they respond during circumstances, how they relate to their husbands, how they work with their children, and so forth...
We all influence someone. We must watch to make sure that we influence them to seek Christ
rather than to live for themselves. Think as you go about your day today-- someone's watching!