Sometimes it is like a bright star, or like the sun on a clear day.

Sometimes it is hidden by a shadow, until the shadow moves away.

It is like a tool that is placed in a farmer’s hand.

It grows like the seed that he scatters on the land.         

It is like a bird that flies where you cannot see.

It is like a diamond--precious, to be guarded carefully.

It is like the wind--sometimes gentle and sometimes strong.

But always blowing somewhere, for right or for wrong.

Don’t underestimate its reach, or its power to affect,

And don’t let the time slip by you, oh make sure you don’t neglect,

To use it for the good, for the godly and the right.

While there’s time to make a difference--in the darkness shine a light.

              Elizabeth Goodine

Read the poem again as if you were reading it to a child. How would you help the child understand these terms as they relate to influence: bright star, sun on a clear day, hidden by a shadow, tool, seed, bird, diamond, wind, and light?

Scripture reading. “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” From the Sermon On the Mount. Matthew 5:14-15 New International Version.  

Prayer from Deep In the Heart. "My Heavenly Father, thank you for the people who have been positive influences for me, and thank you for the opportunity to be a positive influence on others. Help me to fulfill the unique role for which you placed me on this earth and to never compare my calling with that of another person. Inspire me with creative ways to use my influence to make a difference and to bring honor to your name."   Your child.



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Updated April 10, 2018

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Deep In the Heart

Prayers and Reflections by Elizabeth Goodine