you have influence right where you are

I went to the Influence Conference four months ago and I'm still learning lessons from my time there. One thing that many of the speakers kept reiterating over the weekend was that, "you have influence right where you are." Now, I will admit that at the time I kind of rolled my eyes a little bit. "That's easy for you to say," I thought, "You have bajillions of readers and I have about three." 

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It's taken me a while but I think I'm finally starting to absorb that truth. I have a very small readership but it's my readership. I may not feel like I'm making a difference with my words, but I am making a difference in my own small way. I don't make a ton of money doing this blogging thing, but I'm doing it. And I love it. I am absolutely in love with what I get to do every day. 

Every once in a while I will get an email from someone that says that my blog helped them in one way or another. Every time I get one of these emails it blows my mind. I feel all the warm fuzzies and I'm grateful that God used me and my little corner of the internet. So yes, the ladies at Influence were right...I do have influence, right where I am. 

Maybe you're not a blogger... Maybe you're a mom or you lead a small group or you have regular coffee dates with your neighbor. That's where your influence lies. No one can influence your children the way you can. No one can lead that Bible study the way you can. No one can have those intimate talks with your neighbor the way you can. You have influence. Don't lose sight of that because it's important.