What is it?

Shall we try a few definitions?

in·flu·ence Audio Help   (?n’fl??-?ns)  Pronunciation Key

  1. A power affecting a person, thing, or course of events, especially one that operates without any direct or apparent effort: relaxed under the influence of the music; the influence of television on modern life.
  2. Power to sway or affect based on prestige, wealth, ability, or position: used her parent’s influence to get the job.
    1. A person who exerts influence: My parents considered my friend to be a bad influence on me.
    2. An effect or change produced by influence.
    3. … [astrological defs. deleted] …

tr.v.   in·flu·enced, in·flu·enc·ing, in·flu·enc·es

  1. To produce an effect on by imperceptible or intangible means; sway.
  2. To affect the nature, development, or condition of; modify. See Synonyms at affect [1]

We are all influenced by something or someone. Probably more than one someone or something.

How do you know when someone is a profound influence on someone else?

Could it be when someone constantly refers to someone, quotes him/her, speaks admiringly of that person, will hear no criticism of or offer any criticism of that person… could it be that such a generic ‘someone’ is a great influence on that person?

I wonder at some who say they are one kind of person yet use all their own influence to promote others who are quite a different kind of person. Who is influencing whom? And who is kidding whom?

Feeling cryptic…


    [1] influence. The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. Houghton Mifflin Company, 2004. (accessed: April 26, 2008).


  1. Will there be a follow-up to this article? If so, I can’t wait to hear it. Either way, I think I get it.

  2. Well, in a way, everything I write is follow-up. I do what I can to influence what I can, but it is the Lord’s church and he can do with it what he wills.

    Don Johnson
    Jer 33.3