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Day 2: Generations of Influence & Impact

Jan 2 2014

Psalm 112:2 (NKJV) says: “His descendants will be mighty on earth; the generation of the upright will be blessed.”

A blessed life has more impact and influence than we realise. You may think that you are an exception to that rule, however, every interraction we have with another has some kind of effect; a parent and child, a teacher and student, a friend, colleague or a neighbour…

I think most people would like to know that they have some degree of positive impact on other’s lives – especially the ones close to them. So how can we ensure that we do?

Build your life according to God’s principles, just like the blessed man described in Psalm 112 who finds great delight in His commands. Verse 2 says, “His descendants will be mighty on earth”. This speaks of people who are strong, influential and making a positive difference in the world. The blessed man or woman will also be the means of blessing for the generations that follow them.

Think about your own life. What example are you setting for the generations that follow? Proverbs 13:22 reminds us that a good man leaves an inheritance for his children’s children. You don’t have to have children of your own to apply this verse to your life. What example are you giving to your family or your colleagues? What is it about your life that will cause them to stop and take notice?

If you feel disqualified from setting-up the next generation for blessing because of your upbringing or experiences, I have good news for you! Not so!

In my book How to Maximise Your Life, pages 22-23 talk more about the power of choice. When we make the decision to follow Christ, we can change the course of our future despite the road of those who went before us. When we turn from our old ways and live our lives according to God’s principles, we are passing on blessing to future generations.

Today, keep the future in your sights. Make the decision right now to choose the pathway of blessing that God has laid out for you in the Bible, so that long after you have gone, your legacy of blessing will live on.

SCRIPTURE: Deutoronomy 28:12-14 (NIV) The Lord will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands. You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none. 13 The Lord will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the Lord your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom. 14 Do not turn aside from any of the commands I give you today, to the right or to the left, following other gods and serving them.

PRAYER: Lord God, I pray that I will always look to the future knowing you have gone before me. I ask for the grace to be a good steward of the blessings you have given me and for help to live well in order to be a blessing to the generations to come.