I just wanted to share something that made me smile today.
I have some friends from church, and I’ve come to babysit their kids a few times after school. The youngest one is four years old, and she’s absolutely adorable. Usually I carry a purse with me. Although, it’s not really a “purse,” it’s more of a knitted/crocheted (not sure which) small shoulder bag, and I always had it with me when I came over to babysit. Today I found out that this little girl, Amy, and her family went “picking” at Goodwill, and she found a purse. Her mom posted a picture of Amy with the purse to my Facebook wall, with the caption, “Amy HAD to get this purse ‘because it’s like Alena’s.'”
Completely made my day. It also made me realize how impressionable small children are, and the role that we grown-ups play in their small lives. My pastor often talks about leadership, and he’s mentioned a few times that leadership really comes down to just one thing: influence. When you have influence over someone, you’re leading them. Whether you like it, whether you want to, or whether you know it. You’re a leader. And you always have influence over someone, no matter your age. You are always leading someone. I honestly never thought about the impact I had in Amy’s life, because I don’t spend tons of time with her. But obviously, she remembers me and I’ve made an impression on her, because now she is seeking to imitate me. Keep in mind that someone, somewhere, will imitate you and the things you do. They will remember things about you that you may not even have known you did. It’s important to be conscious of what we’re doing, especially in the eyes of children, because older people are who they imitate.
“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” –1 Timothy 4:12
“7 Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity,dignity, 8 and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us. 9 Bondservants are to be submissive to their own masters in everything; they are to be well-pleasing, not argumentative, 10 not pilfering, but showing all good faith, so that in everything they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior.” –Titus 2:7-10