Influenced … by JW Kaiser

I have a friend, Roy, who is a really good surfer. He has a style that reminds me of Martin Potter.  For you younger surfers who don’t know of “Pottz” surfing, you should check out some clips. He was known as a fast and powerful surfer. Maybe Roy grew up watching Pottz surf or actually grew up surfing the same waves, but their style is so similar. When I compliment Roy on his surfing he is quick to humbly deflect any comparisons to great surfers like Martin Potter.
Whether we are aware of it or not, we are all heavily influenced by who we are watching from afar, and most definitely by those intimately in our company. We are all natural “copycats”. Who are those who have influenced your surfing? More importantly, who are those who have influenced your faith?
As Christ followers we have committed to be influenced by Jesus. We have committed to go where he went (to be with those in need), do what he did (love and serve people) and act as he acted (in obedience to our heavenly Father). Do these commitments reflect your faith? We should commit our best efforts to emulating Jesus. If you are reading this and you are not a Christ follower, I’d humbly ask you to reflect on who is shaping your character. Who is influencing you most? Is it the One who created you, knows you better than you know yourself and who loves you the most?
“When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.”
Acts 4:13