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    INFLUENCE

    Dr. John Geddie went to Aneityum in 1848 and worked there for God for 24 years. On the tablet erected to his memory these words are inscribed:

    When he landed, in 1848, there were no Christians. When he left, in 1872, there were no heathen.

    J.O. Sanders, Spiritual Leadership, p. 24.


    Years ago the communist government in China commissioned an author to write a biography of Hudson Taylor with the purpose of distorting the facts and presenting him in a bad light. They wanted to discredit the name of this consecrated missionary of the gospel. As the author was doing his research, he was increasingly impressed by Taylor's saintly character and godly life, and he found it extremely difficult to carry out his assigned task with a clear conscience. Eventually, at the risk of losing his life, he laid aside his pen, renounced his atheism, and received Jesus as his personal Savior.

    Whether we realize it or not, our example leaves an impression on others. Sign in an executive's office: "What I am about to say represents one four-billionth of the world's opinion."

    Jack Williams, Phoenix Gazette.


    Research and Statistics

    Children who see physical violence between their parents are six times more likely to abuse their own spouses after they marry. If those children were also hit by their parents as teenagers, they are 12 times more likely to abuse their spouses.

    Homemade, November, 1985.


    Humor

    A mother took her young son shopping. After a day in the stores, a clerk handed the little boy a lollipop. "What do you say?" the mother said to the boy, to which he replied, "Charge it!"

    Courier-Journal Sunday Magazine.


    Poetry

    My life shall touch a dozen lives before this day is done;
    Leave countless marks for good or ill, ere sets the evening sun.
    This is the wish I always wish, the prayer I always pray:
    Lord, may my life help other lives it touches by the way.

    Source Unknown.