There are many things people have done that make a positive influence on how we live our lives today. The most beneficial influences are the examples of how people live their lives.
A quiet spirit and a kind attitude creates acceptance. Acceptance is comforting, reassuring and peaceful which creates a trust. Being accepted means letting down walls of defense and a feeling of needing to impress everybody.
There was a school principal who always had a welcoming smile on his face. He never raised his voice nor did he ever look down on a person. He never made a belittling remark when students would challenge him nor did he ever give any false praise. He just welcomed and smiled. If he ever lost the smile and seemed disappointed, the students knew that their schemes were not accepted. The words were still calm yet firm. This principal got rewarded by knowing numerous students achieved their best. When remembering the best instructors, teachers and principals, this man stood out the most by his example. There is a word for all of this called respect.
This is a basic example of how the life of Christ can be passed on to others. Big fancy words may gain a huge crowd, popularity, a following and a great name but those are only things. The big fancy words do not earn respect, only actions. In many cases big words are only big words. The truth comes out later that there never was any truth in the big words. Some continue to follow hoping one day there will be some results because the words are so big. Unfortunately this happens too often in big government, big corporations and even in some big worship facilities. People flock hoping one day the words will come true.
Actions have always spoken louder than words. The actions of the one principal made a positive difference in numerous students one by one. The big words of some politicians have slowly created a distrust in some and false hope in others.
The golden rule that says, do unto others as you would have them do unto you, still applies today. Notice the rule says to “DO” unto others. A kind spirit, kind words and most of all respect will always be an encouragement to people.
1 Peter 4:8-11
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen.