UncommonTEEN: The Podcast for Christian Teen Girls

95. AMA: How Do I Influence Others Without Them Influencing Me?

November 13, 2023 Jamie Kirschner Season 2 Episode 95
UncommonTEEN: The Podcast for Christian Teen Girls
95. AMA: How Do I Influence Others Without Them Influencing Me?
Show Notes

We are going to start a special series over the rest of this month and next month. We are going to be doing multiple AMA episodes. These questions are special, though, because these are questions that the ladies asked during UncommonTEEN Live!

This week’s AMA episode is all about influence!

We are answering the questions, “How do you influence others at school without them influencing you.” “How do you show the love of Jesus to others but not become best friends when you’re being nice, but they are not a good influence.” “How do you stand out from the world.”

These are such great questions, and they are questions that you might have asked even yourself. 

To get started, let’s answer the questions, “What is an influencer?” “What is influence?” Am I really an influencer?”

If I were to ask you, “what is the definition of influencer?” You might say something along the lines of someone on YouTube or TikTok that has positioned themselves to be an expert in a certain area that has a massive number of followers. They set trends and have the power to affect many people. 

According to this definition, you would most likely say that you are not on influencer. But did you know that you are an influencer…and even bigger influencer than you realize. Every one of us are influencers. 

But before we dig into that, let’s answer the question, “What is influence?” The definition of the word influence is, “the power to have an effect on people.” 

You are an influencer, because weather you realize it or not every time you come into contact with someone, you are influencing them in some kind of way. It may be for the good or it may be for the bad. 

Ladies, you are an influencer whether you like it or not…no matter what you’re doing or where you’re at. 

Now, I want you to look back on your life over this past month, over the past couple weeks and I want you to ask yourself, “Has my influence been about me or has it been shining the light of Jesus to this dark world?” If it’s been about you, no condemnation. Ask God for forgiveness, He’s ready to forgive you and decide…I am going all in with Jesus today. I am making my influence all about Jesus!

In Matthew 5:14, Jesus calls you a light in this world. He says, “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.”

This world is a dark place. It’s broken and without hope. I want you to think about light for a minute. What does light to? It helps us see in the dark, so we don’t hurt ourselves. It exposes what’s hidden in the dark. If you drop a $20 on the ground in the dark, it’s hard to see where it landed unless you turn on the light on your phone or in the room, right? It exposes what was hidden in the dark. It also converts the darkness into light. No amount of darkness can stand up to the smallest amount of light.

“Don't shine so others can see you. Shine so that through you, others can see Him.” —C.S. Lewis

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