From The Pastor’s Pen – By Brian Horrobin

“Leadership” says John Maxwell, “is not titles, positions, or flow charts. It is about one life influencing another.”

You may not see yourself as a leader, but surely you are influencing someone, somewhere.

That, according to Maxwell, makes you a leader.

Parents are leaders.

Older siblings are leaders.

A faithful co-worker is a leader.

Proverbs 27:17 says, “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens the countenance of another.”

Back in the early 1980s, as a student at the University of Windsor, I had a friendship with another student who was finishing his M.B.A.

He had great marks and was destined for a successful career in business but decided to abort that opportunity in order to study to be a pastor.

I was surprised at his decision, but then he said, “Brian, I think you should pray about going to seminary.”

John was someone I greatly respected and his words challenged – and influenced – me.

I ended up finishing my Bachelor of Science degree and enrolling in seminary studies.

I have been serving as a pastor, in some capacity, for over 32 years.

I cannot imagine myself doing anything else.

John continues to be a friend and currently pastors in the Windsor area.

My oldest daughter has even spent time working in his church.

His influence, his leadership is now continuing in my life to the next generation.

Think about who you are influencing right now.

Is your influence a good one?

What you do, the words that you say and the choices you make do matter.

Consider the fruit of that influence and then pray that God will help you make a positive impact.