If you ever wondered how to make a man get misty eyed on a flight from Baltimore to Columbus, give him a copy of “Chasing Daylight” by Erwin McManus and see what happens. More specifically, take him directly to Chapter 4 and have him read the story on page 117-121 about “Ron the Gas Station attendant” and “Dave the UPS Driver”. Folks, I thought I was gonna need a tissue. What an incredibly heartbreaking, but powerful story about the impact we have on other peoples lives. The stories to long to repeat here, but the quotes from McManus bear repeating:
“The power of influence when we seize divine moments can be disproportinate to its apparent importance. What may look like an inconvenience might be no less than the beginning of a life-changing opportunity.”
“We must never underestimate where influence can take us. One of the ways to miss divine moments is to treat what we consider nominal influence as irrelevant. We must never underestimate the importance of one moment, one word, one deed in the life of another human being.”
I think this story and these quotes hit home because it is very similar to a story that happened to me as I was conducting my “goodbye tour”. It’s a bit lengthy as well, but the bottom line was it showed me the impact that we have on others lives. You don’t have to be a professional athlete, be on a stage or do anything special to have influence. Often the biggest influence one can have is in the life they live. There are those we influence and those that influence us. As McManus said, it’s no coincidence that the word “flu” is in the middle of influence. It’s something you can catch and spread without even knowing or seeing it.