God created you to enjoy Him fully, to host His Presence within, and to mirror His face for others. Every aspect of our imperfect lives brings God glory as He shines through us. Like an erupting blossom by a charred log, He brings beauty out of the ashes of all the ways we feel burned by life.
We are influencers— every one of us, whether through our social media accounts, at our own breakfast tables or among those God has placed in our lives. It is a sure sign we do not understand the weightiness of who we are when we spend our influence capriciously, failing to remember our mission to love others well. To represent the One Who loves us unconditionally, Who loved us long before we ever thought about loving Him back.
After the cashier interacts with You, you have the power to leave them with a stronger hint of their dignity and worth as a human being, not for anything they have done, but merely because they exist. Your smile can light up a room and dismiss heaviness. Your sincere words of affirmation are balm to the open wounds of diminishment so many carry. Your kindness can mother, even if only for a minute, one who has lacked a voice that celebrates their value. Your fathering acknowledgment can affirm a young man has what it takes to offer his strength to others.
Bring Christ and you will powerfully influence your world, one interaction at a time.