Daily Archives: June 4, 2014
My brother said, “Why would anybody follow Jacqui? She doesn’t know anything!” In his mind it didn’t make sense to follow his little sister whom he deemed as having no influence. Why in the world would almost a whole school heed her command to walk out of school at a certain time in protest that girls should be able to wear halters?
I recall at the beginning of the school year teachers went on a strike forcing us to stay in school a few weeks longer. It was hot! In some parts of Finney High School there was no air conditioning. It was quite basic to me because we hadn’t gone on strike so why in the world should we suffer. Walla! We should be able to dress the way we would if we were out of school like we were supposed to be.
Yes, others felt the same way and joined the protest. At a certain time as was instructed, everyone gathered in front of the office and took their jackets off exposing their halters. We were chanting, “We want halters! We want halters! We want halters!” It was epic! I couldn’t believe it truly happened just because I said so. What influence!
Needless to say I got suspended from school and our parents had to accompany us back. What followed was a meeting between the students and parents. Because my mother was tired of traipsing up to the school, she decided to let my father take me. What a novel idea! He was a pushover. Where my mother probably would have said be quiet when I spoke, my father felt I was right.
What we realized is that our school did not have a dress code against wearing halters. We did win the right to wear halters that year and every year thereafter.
Influence is a great responsibility. How you use your influence carries a tremendous amount of weight. As believers we have to understand that God has given us influence to effect the world…the marketplace.
Each of us have been placed in our respective vocations to influence society. There are seven pillars—family, religion, education, media, government, arts and entertainment, and business—that governs our lives. God expects us to influence them for His greater good.
If at the tender age of 16 I could mobilize an entire school to walk out in protest that we couldn’t wear halters, how much more can I do now. How much more can you do? We have a mandate to fulfill the great commission. We are influencers!
I realized early I am an influencer. I was a rebel without a cause, but now I have a cause. That cause is to empower you to be the influencer God envisioned.
Oh Break Out Empowerment & Leadership Experience is one of the venues in which I fulfill my mandate. I realize this is the 21st century mission field and each of us must be able to seamlessly move from our place of worship on Sunday to the marketplace on Monday—where we spend the bulk of our lives. In essence, to move beyond the four walls of worship into the wall-lessness of service and influence.
And Eliab his eldest brother heard when he spake unto the men; and Eliab’s anger was kindled against David, and he said, Why camest thou down hither? and with whom hast thou left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know thy pride, and the naughtiness of thine heart; for thou art come down that thou mightest see the battle. And David said, What have I now done? Is there not a cause? 1 Samuel 17:28-29 (KJV)
“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5:13-16 (ESV)
Father, You have created me to be an influencer. I am positive influence everywhere I go. I do have a cause to fulfill the mandate of the great commission in the earth realm. You have given me influence in order for me to a shining light that cannot be hidden as I influence others to become all You created them to be. Amen.