Influence is a long term venture. This is something that takes years and even decades to achieve depending on the scale. For nations it takes centuries to exert themselves and begin to influence others. The requirements are worked over time and that is why you character is paramount. It gives one the ability to stay the long haul and achieve the impossible. Character sets you apart, sets you up and upsets those that would fight you.
Your character keeps you in the game when all are disqualified. It strengthens you in the midst of adversity as you make the right choices. Character is what a man is in the darkness, when no one is watching. Your long standing habits define your character. The things we go through daily give us an opportunity to make or break our character. Choose to stand by what you believe even if it means taking the fall for it. Hold your head up for your values and that character will define your tomorrow as you influence those in your world.
SCRIPTURE READING: Genesis 30:7-23 And Rachel’s maid Bilhah conceived again and bore Jacob a second son. Then Rachel said, “With great wrestlings I have wrestled with my sister, andindeed I have prevailed.” So she called his name Naphtali. When Leah saw that she had stopped bearing, she took Zilpah her maid and gave her to Jacob as wife. And Leah’s maid Zilpah bore Jacob a son. Then Leah said, “A troop comes!” So she called his name Gad. And Leah’s maid Zilpah bore Jacob a second son. Then Leah said, “I am happy, for the daughters will call me blessed.” So she called his name Asher. Now Reuben went in the days of wheat harvest and found mandrakes in the field, and brought them to his mother Leah. Then Rachel said to Leah, “Please give me [some] of your son’s mandrakes.” But she said to her, “[Is it] a small matter that you have taken away my husband? Would you take away my son’s mandrakes also?” And Rachel said, “Therefore he will lie with you tonight for your son’s mandrakes.” When Jacob came out of the field in the evening, Leah went out to meet him and said, “You must come in to me, for I have surely hired you with my son’s mandrakes.” And he lay with her that night. And God listened to Leah, and she conceived and bore Jacob a fifth son. Leah said, “God has given me my wages, because I have given my maid to my husband.” So she called his name Issachar. Then Leah conceived again and bore Jacob a sixth son. And Leah said, “God has endowed me [with] a good endowment; now my husband will dwell with me, because I have borne him six sons.” So she called his name Zebulun. Afterward she bore a daughter, and called her name Dinah. Then God remembered Rachel, and God listened to her and opened her womb. And she conceived and bore a son, and said, “God has taken away my reproach.”
DEVOTION PRAYER: Dear God, am grateful for your word that keeps nurturing my character. May I never get tired of doing your word, Amen.