What is influencing your thought? It’s a good question to ask when navigating the multiple opinions, beliefs, fears and affirmations one encounters each day through media, neighbors, fellow workers, and internal conversations.
There are thousands of activists online called social influencers that focus on influencing people’s thoughts and actions through reviews, commentaries and posted content.
To live healthy and free, I find it helpful to remember that God is the #1 influencer in my life. The one all-knowing, all-wise Mind has the best advice, the wisest counsel, the most intelligent direction to follow. We often benefit from ideas shared by other people, but when we listen for Mind’s direction first, we’ll be able to sort out human opinion and suspect motives from helpful ideas and inspired truth.
Mary Baker Eddy writes, “We say that one human mind can influence another and in this way affect the body, but we rarely remember that we govern our own bodies. The error, mesmerism — or hypnotism, to use the recent term — illustrates the fact just stated. The operator would make his subjects believe that they cannot act voluntarily and handle themselves as they should do. If they yield to this influence, it is because their belief is not better instructed by spiritual understanding”
(Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 402).
Understanding God to be the one Mind, the Head Influencer over all, and willingness to follow God’s direction, keeps us safe from being manipulated by selfish will.
Let God be your Influencer.