Day 32

Day 32 | Small Acts of Daily Influence

ACTIVITY

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Your Call To Act (C.T.A.) today is:

  • Ask yourself this question today and then do it: How can influence the lives that I will influence today for Jesus?
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  1. Kevin says:

    My wife an children are my circle today. Patience, self control, listening, timely advice are just a few things in chapter 25 that are suggestions for influencing.

  2. Louie says:

    In my study bible it says these proverbs were directed towards the king or those who dealt with the king. Helpful to those who are leaders or aspiring to be leaders. Fitting for this challenge for men who aspire to do better! Being Godly men and leaders in our families has amazing results. I’m very thankful for this challenge and a daily reminder of how to better my walk with God.

    • Ross says:

      “Obedience to hopeful active influence over a long period of time… then stay with it until God opens the next door…’ amazing! It’s what I needed to hear today.
      Thanks

  3. cory doden says:

    Verse 14 struck me this morning. I paraphrase to that old adage ” under promise but over deliver.” The important part is delivering.

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  4. Brian Hays says:

    My family is my circle of influence today. Lord help me apply the teachings of Proverbs today and everyday.

  5. Troy says:

    Woke up today with a “beat in my step” Maybe its because its Sunday, make its day 32 of the Challenge, but I can tell you this I have forfeited many things as a man during this challenge, stopped the disqualifying and working very hard on this obedient thing……..to say the least. Last night I left some friends off for a social event they noticed a difference, and they said they had to change a few things and I said, “Thank you Jesus!” By just seeing the positive in me, they were convicted and said more then I ever heard come out of their mouths. So with that said……………….Stay focused men-Good things constantly happen.
    Proverbs 25:26 Like a muddied spring or a polluted well
    are the righteous who give way to the wicked.
    Borrowed this commentary for the verse above.
    Christians are supposed to stand up for what is right. An attack on a Christian is actually an attack upon their Lord. For a Christian to be degraded by the wicked is like a beautiful spring of water that has been corrupted.

  6. Dennis says:

    Today I have the opportunity to influence my church family, family, and friends. I will strive to show them Jesus today with a servants heart.

  7. BENJAMIN SEIM says:

    I need to kill pride, be humble and be patient. This will lead to gentleness towards others (not judgement) and love like Jesus loves.

  8. Rich says:

    I am praying this morning that I am obedient to God so that I may influence my youngest son today during our day of golf. I am exited to see how the Holy Spirt works through me today.

  9. Pete says:

    Be that light that’s shines for Christ for you family to see and when you look in the mirror may you see his reflection.

  10. Ryan Gatzlaff says:

    I find myself more often being influenced by those around me than influencing those around me. I was challenged today to be more proactive in serving and to respond to negativity with positivity.

  11. John says:

    I want to influence my wife today by being obedient to the goals we’ve set for the year. Specifically I want to grab the substance book and pick out one or two of the adoption / foster care groups and reach out to them via email to get things started.

  12. Dan says:

    As Christian men, we have multiple opportunities to influence others. Vince listed the four areas where we can influence others through our actions, home, work, friends and neighbors. I am putting focus on my family and was able to spend time with yesterday talking to my grandson about God. I was a truly blessed conversation and will surely prompt more talks moving forward.

  13. Tim Kelley says:

    My influence today is teaching Romans 11:17-21 to my adult couples Sunday school class and fellowshipping with them at our Super Bowl party tonight. Lord, help me to follow your leading today so others will follow you. Interesting comment my 25 year old son made last night, “Dad, you know it’s hard for the church to get teacher. We just grow them.” My wife teaches high school girls and Zachery teaches Jr high boys Sunday school. What a complement…we just grow them. Your children know your heart and what you do.

  14. Squirrel says:

    Consistency! Loved that he points us towards the long game. Quick wins are great and show impact fast and we shouldn’t dismiss the slow progress we are making which may be influenced years from now. Within those 4 areas he mentioned of who I am influencing through obedience to God; Kathryn, my Shield lock, Judy (neighbor). Need to work on other two neighbors & work folks.

  15. Dave Benson says:

    Prov 25:21 If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.
    I think so many people we come in contact with everyday are simply hungry and thirsty for encouragement. Our small act of obedience to slow down and to listen to and encourage someone can be huge in another persons life. It’s something I know I need to do and I know the more I do it, the more I’ll want to do it!

  16. Tim says:

    v28. Like a city whose walls are broken through
    is a person who lacks self-control.
    I control the strength of those walls by its foundation….created and strengthened daily by your word. Help me to be obedient and influential in my circle of influence today and everyday!

  17. Brian says:

    26 Like a muddied spring or a polluted well
    are the righteous who give way to the wicked.

    I pray that God grounds me in His truth and gives me the courage and wisdom to not give way when I encounter values that aren’t aligned to His teachings.

    My circle of influence today is my family and friends. I need to seek the simple interactions that will uplift them and open conversations about our faith.

  18. Gavin says:

    I need to be in obedience with my wife and daughter. Be engaged when we are together and lead them well.

    Obedience=Influence

  19. Michael says:

    verses 21-22- the heaping of hot coals on your enemy is another way Jesus talked about loving and caring for your enemy

    There is one guy in my top 5 who looks like he is turning to the Lord after months of daily praying for him; I know we are called to do more than just pray, but I don’t want to forget in the midst of trying to be more spiritually active that prayer is a foundation of sorts in our ministering

  20. Troy says:

    So much wisdom in these words in proverbs. It’s interesting today as Vince talks about influence. I visited some of my family today and as I was coming home i was so saddened, that i was talking to God about what can i do to help them. I felt helpless. How can I influence them. I do not know the answers yet but I am wondering what God will lead me to do. To be obedient. Funny/interesting/Amazing how God works. We are blessed Gentlemen.

  21. Nate Hill says:

    We are commanded to speak in kindness and to show the grace given us. Not always an easy task with everything we face each day.

    I try to remind myself that all people are created in His image and therefore if they have value by God, then they should have value by us.

    We need to trust God’s leading and just due to ourselves daily and live for Him! He will guide us what to do and what to say.

    Trust that He will!

  22. Eddie says:

    patience, self-control, submission to others, and a gentle tongue are areas I need to work on. I need to apologize to my kids for losing my temper at them, even if they were the ones pushing my buttons. I need to listen to my boss and not argue, even if hey are wrong. I need to keep my advice for my friends to myself unless I feel led to share my opinion by the Holy Spirit. I need to connect with and share my testimony with my neighbors and build rapport so that I can be the light and salt for them and draw them to Jesus like a moth to the flame.

  23. Jay Wegiel says:

    Ahh, ministry! I hate to think where my head, or my body would be with out it. The different daily obedience and disciplines that I commit to definitely keep my mind focused on God. I’m not going to mention what they are. Actions speak louder than words. Hey! I just realized something, discipline and disciple are very close words. Hummm.

    • Stephen says:

      Influence. First take away from this book….speak kindly….will do more of that! Second, I believe that through my daily walks with my Golden thru the Neighborhood, I influence folks with my good natured humor and friendliness…I always ask those I see if they are well, and is there anything I may do for them….surely if that is not influencing, then at least it is setting a good example.

  24. AZ says:

    I traveled all last week and experienced two types of people, humble and boastful. After reading the last verse, I can’t help but think that there are more boastful, and this is where I sometimes struggle…to be more of an example than a bystander, but for the sake of a potential sell/opportunity I listen.

    But I will say, as I pour more into this challenge I have noticed God coming through in a bigger way. As I keep walking in him, he has put the right people in my path at the right time. I know he’s showing even in business dealings, he is my provider!

  25. Dave Benson says:

    Whoever digs a pit will fall into it; if someone rolls a stone, it will roll back on them. Proverbs 26:27

    I know I sometimes dwell on things that don’t appear right to me and then I share my frustration with others. As I’m digging that pit I’m certainly not following the Lord or influencing anyone around me! Lord, help me put the shovel down!

  26. Bruce says:

    I would add strangers (person X ) to our circle of influence ( family, friends, co-workers, neighbors). That should include everyone we come into contact with. Let Christ in you so live through you so that others may see Him, and come to know Him.

  27. Chuck says:

    Verses to dig deeper in to:
    15 Through patience a ruler can be persuaded, and a gentle tongue can break a bone.
    21 If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.
    22 In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the Lord will reward you.
    (I need to further understand the reference to the “burning coals” … I’m familiar with this verse, but not sure of it’s meaning.)
    25 Like cold water to a weary soul is good news from a distant land.

  28. Ted says:

    Yes. I must be a better example for my family. Work on me and my walk instead of trying to correct others. !!

  29. Gordon says:

    While running, I often stop, walk, and talk with a neighbor while he walks dogs. We discuss spiritual things.

  30. scott kelly says:

    I personally have some big opportunities to affect my circles of influence at work and with my friends but mainly at home. Father, I ask you to guide my actions and words to fulfill your will.

  31. Chad Husted says:

    Self control is so hard sometimes. Proverbs has much to say about it. the last verse today likens it to a city with broken walls. Remembering this can help me choose better when I’m challenged. I don’t want to be broken down and vulnerable to all kinds of attacks that can destroy me. Lord help me to lean on you and make the hard choices against my sin nature.

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  32. J.T. Fetherolf says:

    Verse 28
    Self control is so difficult, but as this verse says, lacking it leaves you vulnerable to attacks from all sides. For me personally, I have to rely on a combination of God, avoiding certain people / places / things, and having people I trust to support me to keep my “walls” of self control strong.

    As far as people to influence, I have to continue to keep my wife and daughters as my first focus for serving in active obedience.

  33. Al says:

    I love the circle idea family, friends neighbors , people we work with . My co workers have been where Gods been leading me lately and all little things from them using the Lords name in vain I’ve been speaking up more and more and some are coming to me now and asking for prayer for there trials… I love encouraging people no matter where I’m at you can see the smile in there faces

  34. Jim says:

    In sharing today with family, something as subtle as sharing this 32nd day of All In, and the importance of following thru / being obedient to stay in the word. And sharing Love with a Christian Brother about each others day. Be available to each other, as the Lord is available to us !

  35. Eddie says:

    I will take the suggestion from you Vince. I will sit down with my kids and ask for forgiveness for losing my temper and let them know I will try harder to talk more gently to them.

  36. Brad says:

    Like cold water to a weary soul
    is good news from a distant land.
    Found out today, my sister tested negative for COVID 19

  37. Gary says:

    I’m going to be more of an influence to my father in law and pray the holy spirit knocks him over his head.I love him and he has a lot of questions that I can’t answer.

  38. Darin Palmer says:

    Verse 28 Like a city whose walls are broken through
    is a person who lacks self-control.
    This verse speaks loudly to me today. For my soulmate my family I need to have self-control in order get through this pandemic! The dark one is always ready to pounce on us and take us out! He will NOT succeed! Thanks Vince for helping us to be WARRIORS!!

  39. Jesse Skytland says:

    I have realized in the past that you are what you eat. The influences that is present has an affect on ones well being. Actions are bigger than words. Life is a learning experience. I just do by best everyday and remain faithful in the good word. I’m only human. Making many good decisions, seldom not good ones. The path that the Lord wants for me is a food one. I am positive and greatful about that. Praise the Lord.

  40. Kevin V says:

    Often times I speak more pleasantly with strangers and people I work with than I do my own family. Today’s devotional really hit home. I am going to intentionally focus on being positive with my words and not negative. My family deserves my best, not my leftovers.

  41. Janic Maysonet says:

    Wow, influence through obedience. That’s the first time I’ve ever heard that. For today, I can influence my home, my work and maybe one or two of my friends (if we have contact).

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