It appears to me that one of the greater privileges we may grant each other is the privilege of ‘effect’. Meaning that I grant someone the right to influence my life.
Often we carelessly pass this right to people, who should not be allowed to have an effect on us. Say, I might mindlessly allow someone’s hatred to make me a rancorous person, or to the contrary, I may let blind love cause me to become irresponsible. I also may get so hooked on soap operas, that a whole swarm of dumb lies finds rich soil for growth in my careless heart.
Thank God, there are those though, who are worthy of us granting them that privilege of ‘effect’ – there are teachers, ministers who represent and communicate value. I for one had the blessing of my pastors, and many of my leaders having a godly effect on my life. Of course, they were not the only ones, but via their books, thoughts, many others as well. Here I share writings, quotes from varied sources, that had a blessed effect on my life.
I trust they will on yours too –
Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.