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OUR INFLUENCE.pdf

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY J. R. MILLER

ONE who knew the sage well
said, " There is one qual-
ity I noticed in Emerson
as more striking than in
anyone else I ever saw,
and that was the effect he
had upon all who came into his presence. It
seemed as if when a man had looked into his
eyes, he was immediately put at his best, and
acquitted himself on the highest plane possi-
ble." The personality of Emerson had in it a
quality which inspired others to their best.
An incident in the Acts tells us that in the
early days of the church, in times of great
blessing, people even carried out the sick into
the streets, that as Peter came by, at the least
his shadow might fall upon some of them.
Of course this healing power in Peter's
shadow was miraculous.
BY J. R. MILLER

ONE who knew the sage well
said, " There is one qual-
ity I noticed in Emerson
as more striking than in
anyone else I ever saw,
and that was the effect he
had upon all who came into his presence. It
seemed as if when a man had looked into his
eyes, he was immediately put at his best, and
acquitted himself on the highest plane possi-
ble." The personality of Emerson had in it a
quality which inspired others to their best.
An incident in the Acts tells us that in the
early days of the church, in times of great
blessing, people even carried out the sick into
the streets, that as Peter came by, at the least
his shadow might fall upon some of them.
Of course this healing power in Peter's
shadow was miraculous.

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OUR INFLUENCEBY J. R. MILLER ONE who knew the sage wellsaid, " There is one qual-ity I noticed in Emersonas more striking than inanyone else I ever saw,and that was the effect hehad upon all who came into his presence. Itseemed as if when a man had looked into hiseyes, he was immediately put at his best, andacquitted himself on the highest plane possi-ble." The personality of Emerson had in it aquality which inspired others to their best.An incident in the Acts tells us that in theearly days of the church, in times of greatblessing, people even carried out the sick intothe streets, that as Peter came by, at the leasthis shadow might fall upon some of them.Of course this healing power in Peter'sshadow was miraculous.The incident, however, suggests somethingthat is not miraculous. Everybody casts ashadow. Every one of us exerts some kind of unconscious influence over others. It may notahvays be a healing shadow, but it alwaysmakes an impression. Our influence is thatwhich we unconsciously breathe out whereverwe go. Whatever we do is made more impor-tant, or less, by our personality.The shadow of Peter healed the sick on whomit fell. Every one of us has some influence.Either we will make those we touch better,nobler, truer, or we will leave them not sogood. There is something almost startling inthe thought that in every word we speak, inevery deed we do, in every impression we
 
leave, we are setting in motion an influencewhich shall go on forever.We should make sure that the impressionwe make in the world shall always be good.We are meeting people all the while. Everytouch we put upon their lives is for eternity.Will it be for beauty or for marring.? GeorgeMacdonald tells of a boy looking intently,late one afternoon, toward the heavens. His[ 104 ]^influencemother asked him what he was thinking of soseriously, and he said, " I was wishing thatI were a painter, that I might help God painthis clouds and sunsets." It was a beautifulwish. But God does not need us to help himpaint his clouds. Instead, however, he hashigher and nobler work for us to do. GeorgeMacdonald says again, " If I can put onetouch of rosy sunset into the life of any manor woman, I shall feel that I have worked withGod." Putting a touch of beauty on a soul isimmortal work. Clouds vanish, but the im-pression put upon a life is forever.Recently the papers told us that a distin-guished artist in Paris had destroyed pic-tures of his own, worth a hundred thousanddollars, representing three years of labor,because he had come to believe that they werenot worthy art. While preparing them forpublic exhibition he became discouraged withthem. He said they were not fit to be passedon to posterity. So with a knife and a paintbrush he destroyed them all. But we cannot
 
do this with the pictures we paint on the[105]W^t WiUt lifecanvas of people's lives. Think of a man of sixty-eight, looking back over his life, con-sidering what he has done, noting carefullythe impressions he has made on other lives,and finding that he has been doing harm, notgood, all these years, that he has been leavingblots and stains on characters instead of marks of beauty, that he has been influencingothers to choose the wrong instead of theright. Can he in his penitence and despairundo all this evil, or any of it.^ Can he cutthese unworthy pictures from their frames,or dash and blot them with his brush .^ No;what he has done must stand — not a line canbe changed. Think of the irretrievableness of the hurt you did yesterday to another, or thetemptation coming through you which causedanother to commit a sin. One told of a letterhe had written which he would have givenhis right hand to get back, but he could notrecall it. We should never forget that if ourinfluence is evil, we never can undo it. If wesay a false word about another, defaminghim, we may put upon his name a stain which[106]^Influence

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