It's Going to Make You Proud One Day

“Never discourage anyone who continually makes progress, no matter how slow.” – Plato

In the movie, “Scent of a Woman”, Al Pacino gives a great speech. He is speaking to a committee that is deciding whether or not expel a young man from a prestigious school. He says, “You hold this boys future in your hands committee, it’s a valuable future, believe me, don’t destroy it, protect it. Embrace it. It’s going to make you proud one day, I promise you.”

We are made up of the people who have influenced us. Some people’s influence in our lives have caused us to grow, to believe in ourselves, and to believe that anything is possible. Other people’s influence has convinced us that we aren’t any good, that we will never succeed, and have leave us wanting to throw in the towel.

Whether it’s for a season of life because we’re a teacher or a pastor, or whether it’s for a lifetime because we are family or great friends, we all have influence in other people’s lives. As long as we hold influence in someone’s life, we also hold part of their future in our hands. We can choose to use our influence to build them or use our influence to tear them down.

I want to admonish you to use your influence to build people. Everybody that is breathing on the planet is valuable and has a valuable future. We just need to help them recognize that and help them get there.

I love how Al Pacino ended the speech by saying, “It’s going to make you proud one day, I promise you.”

And that my friends, is the reward of using your influence to lift people. That is the reward for not giving up on someone. The reward of seeing them five, ten, or twenty years down the road and they’re succeeding in life. They have a great family, a faith deeply rooted in God, and are making a difference in the world.

Is there any greater reward in life?

You hold other people’s  future in your hands on a daily basis. Don’t destroy it, protect it. It’s going to make you proud one day, I promise you.


Who do you influence on a daily basis that you can lift today?

Has there been anyone who you have discouraged in their journey? Apologize to them today!

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