“You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless. You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.” (Matthew 5:13-16 NLT)
We all have struggles in this life. We need people around us who love us and care for us. God gives us this by giving us influence on those we have relationship with. God gives us a foundation for this influence: a great purpose to live for (Jeremiah 29:11), great principles to live by (Micah 6:8), great power to live on (Ephesians 3:20), and great people to live with (Philippians 2:1-4 MSG). Influence is not position, authority, fame or wealth. Discover more in this teaching by Pastor Richard Dominguez.