You are an influencer

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You are an influencer if:

you want to make a difference in somebody’s life;

you have a gift and you want to use it;

you want to be found doing the will of God when the Lord comes back;

you want to make right what’s gone wrong;

you want people to feel like they’ve been with the Lord when they’ve been with you;

you want everyone to know that the grace that has been bestowed upon you is available to them, too;

and, finally, you are an influencer if you are reading this right now!

That’s right: you are an influencer.

Marti and I were talking about doing some Catches honoring some of the key influencers especially at the start of The Catch Ministry, when we suddenly realized you were all influencers, otherwise you wouldn’t be remotely interested in getting or keeping up with the Catch. Am I right? Check that list above one more time. Isn’t that you? If it’s not, you would have deleted me long ago.

It’s pretty simple. You are an influencer because Grace Turned Outward resonates with you. You realized, as soon as you got it, that grace is not just for you. As soon as you received the grace of God, something happened to you. It happens to everyone who gets it. You suddenly want everyone to have it. That is the true nature of grace. It’s like the eternal life that Jesus said was like a well of water springing up from within. Once it springs up, it has nowhere to go but to bubble over and splash on everyone else. Because of what we are all about here at the Catch, if you are in this community, you are an influencer, and what we do every day is learn how to walk alongside others, and how to do it better.

So yes, you are an influencer, and as such, we honor you. Indeed, here is a comment that proves it from John, one of our Catch citizens two days ago, after reading our post about Shadrack, Meshack and Abednego.

When I first heard of the Catch’s money shortage, I was concerned there would no longer be a daily Catch. Then I was concerned that if there is one, all you would be doing is ask for money every day. Both of these concerns, I now admit are selfish. I benefit from the daily Catch, but I’m sure the ministries you have going on for people in need in so many countries are more important.

Since this problem arose you have handled it with more tact, and faith and humility than many in your situation might have. Today’s Catch is a great example. It’s message spoke to me. I have wrestled with whether or not to make a donation. You see my finances are tight to the point where I’ve become very concerned about my future. But I’ve put my trust in God and am living one day at a time. There have been times in my past when I was in a financial crisis but God helped me find ways out. Yes I’ve been through the fire just like Shad, Shack and Nego.

So I’ve just made my donation of $77. In the long run it won’t hurt me and I pray it helps you. I also pray I can inspire others as you have inspired me. We can get over this mountain.

See what I mean? John is an influencer. He’s figured out something and he’s sharing it with you. He’s experienced a new freedom, and he’s eager for you to walk in it as well.

So if John inspires you, CLICK HERE is where you can give. We will be reporting later today on how far we are to goal, but we still have a ways to go. Thank you to all who have given already. Look how our list is growing!

John, Chicago, Illinois

Merlyn, Goodyear, Arizona

Steve, Nashville, Tennessee

John

Hilbert

Gary

John, Hampton, New Hampshire

Rebecca, Cullman, Alabama

Jimmy & Olivia, Hong Kong

Evangelos

Theresa, Gilbert, Arizona

Cynthia, Harlingen, Texas

John, Coralville, Iowa

Andy

Daryl

Lyn

Marge, Lansing, Michigan

Joe, Sugar Land, Texas

Nancy

Darrell, Nevada, Iowa

Sara, Hopedale, Massachusetts

Darin, Cozad, Nebraska

John, Hawthorn, Australia

Michael, Dayton, Texas

David, Lakeville, Minnesota

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Neil, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

David, Liberty Lake, Washington

Roger, Whittier, California

Michael, Sacramento, California

Keith, Berea, Kentucky

Ruth, Artesia, California

Lynn

Susan

Sharyn

John

Sharon, Jackson, Mississippi

Lisa

Robert, Nashville, Tennessee

Paul, Wayne, Pennsylvania

Kent, Bryan, Ohio

Lewis

Drew, Vancouver, Canada

Keith, Portland, Oregon

John, Chicago, Illinois

George, Barefoot Bay, Florida

Markus, Köln, Germany

Christopher, Edwardsville, Illinois

Lynn, Duluth, Minnesota

Garry, Ozark, Arkansas

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3 Responses to You are an influencer

  1. Lisa in Sunland says:

    Just have to say it frightens a bit me if that dude in the photo is an influencer since he can’t even add the word “an” to the phrase! “I’m Influencer”? Ack!

    So glad the Catch is a MUCH better influence than that guy in the photo, as it’s constantly reminding us to turn grace outward to others and share it. Grace is not finite and actually grows if shared and spread. And really, our finances also are not as finite as they may appear, which is one reason I’ve already given twice this month towards the special need beyond the usual monthly contribution. Love that y’all have so many ministry balls being juggled and up in the air, and hope/pray the funds come in to keep them smoothly moving. Blessings on ya!

    • Your first paragraph, Lisa, made me chuckle because I thought the same thing: “Where’s that ‘an’?!”
      Then I wondered if the person in the picture was attempting to abbreviate things as people do when texting but didn’t think it through entirely.
      Or, if maybe they misspelled the word and meant to write “influenced.”

      Then I got to thinking…
      “I’m Influenced”… by _______. By what?!
      Jesus? The Holy Spirit?
      Religion or Philosophy?
      Life? Love?
      Drugs? Alcohol?
      Social media? The news?
      Star Trek? Star Wars?
      Science? Education?
      My own conscience?
      Someone else’s conscience?
      My past? My future?

      We’re all influenced by many things which, combined, develop our perspectives on life and people and God and pretty much everything else; which, in turn, steers our influencer capabilities whether they be strong or weak.
      We’re all influencers to some degree but do we ever scrutinize what (or who) influences us and our influential abilities, and why?
      Why we subscribe to one influence and not another?
      Why we disregard someone’s attempt at influencing us?
      Why we “pay forward” an influence of another toward someone else?

      What is the ultimate goal behind these influences?
      Or are we engaging in the Kobayashi Maru – the no-win scenario?

      It’s fascinating to mull over how the omission of one tiny word or the possible misspelling of a word can influence ones thinking toward any variety of subjects, assumptions, perspectives, and beliefs.
      At least, I’m influencer (sic) in thinking so…
      😉

  2. Mark D Seguin says:

    Love Today’s Catch!

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