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The explosive growth of digital technology and mobile devices has fundamentally altered the way we communicate and engage with each other. Social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter mediate our online presence and set new rules for digital interactions. But the question remains:

Has social media made our lives better or worse?

In partnership with Proverbs 31 Ministries and in conjunction with Lysa Terkeurst’s new book Uninvited, Barna conducted a study exclusively among women to examine the habits and impact of their social media use. Though it appears women are experiencing social media in mostly positive ways, reporting that it heightens their sense of connection with friends, their sometimes round-the-clock use results in notable amounts of women experiencing feelings of loneliness, judgment, comparison, and distraction.

Where do you live?

I realize that’s a simple question, but I want you to stop and think about your answer for a moment. Your immediate response might be to name a country or a city. You probably think of the spot on this earth where you wake up each morning and go to bed each night—the place where you keep your natural belongings.

But if you’re a believer, you need to think more deeply than that. You need to become aware of the fact that although you are in this world, you do not belong to this natural world’s order. You are a citizen of heaven. You are, even here and now, privileged to live in that kingdom.

That statement would startle many Christians. Religion has taught them that they won’t reach God’s kingdom until they die and go to heaven. But the Bible says we’ve already made the transfer.

The Father has delivered and drawn us to Himself out of the control and the dominion of darkness and has transferred us into the kingdom of the Son of His love. (Col. 1:13)

Move ahead on the job and have a positive impact on those you come in contact by cultivating the four characteristics of a person of influence.

The Word of God is filled with supernatural wisdom on how to influence others and prosper in the workplace. No other person on earth has ever exhibited the qualities of leadership and influence to a greater degree than Jesus. When we examine His life, four major attributes stand out.

1. The Ability to Inspire Trust
Today, skepticism and cynicism are the hallmarks of our approach to relationships. It spite of this fact, it is possible to be a positive influence on others if you know how to cultivate an atmosphere of trust. It can be done if you do what the Bible, in Psalms 37:3, calls “cultivating faithfulness.” When you cultivate faithfulness in your relationships, your opportunities for positive influence grow rapidly.

Another key to engendering trust in others is “self-disclosure.” Self-disclosure doesn’t mean airing all your dirty laundry or saying everything you think. It does mean selectively revealing your heart to another person. Nothing else will build trust as effectively.


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