A Giant Influence

After my performance at Mount Pleasant Community Church, a man approached me, took my hand and leaned well within my personal space and began whispering in my ear. “Two of the members in my family told me some time ago that they would never walk into a church again. They are here this Sunday because they came to see you.”
Since my success in reaching the finals on America’s Got Talent, the number of people I am able to touch has increased dramatically. With it comes the weight of responsibility to make my influence count.

I am also reminded that I am still a very small grain of sand on a very big beach. The new Pope, now he has some influence and a huge weight of responsibility. How do you lead a church of almost one billion people, many of whom will hang their lives on your every word? I pray for him as I do for other world leaders. I also pray that Pope Francis could point many to Christ. I pray that he could proclaim the gospel in way that many will understand the Christ’s love, the sacrifice He made for us and receive Christ as their savior. I pray that he would point to the resurrection and encourage Christians to live a new life in Christ. I pray that he would promote peace and unity in the church, the body of Christ. I pray that he would encourage us to live out the prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi.

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

I hope you enjoy this SandStory video about the selection of Pope Francis. With the University of Pretoria Choir singing the prayer of St. Francis.

“Spring is supposed to be here,” I mumble as I wipe Kentucky snow off my glasses while packing our car in 28º temps for our next trip. But I smile, Orlando Florida (72º), Las Vegas, Nevada (82º) and Honolulu, Hawaii (sweetº) are on the Itinerary. God is Good!
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