The Power of Influence

He brought him to Jesus.
        —John 1:42

The apostle Andrew is best-known for introducing his brother to Jesus: “The first thing Andrew did [after meeting Jesus] was to find his brother Simon and tell him, ‘We have found the Messiah’ . . . And he brought him to Jesus” (Jn 1:41–42).

“My old man was nothing but a barber,” he told me, “and here I am, president of this bank.” The remark infuriated me. I was tempted to ask who had housed him, clothed him, fed him, and paid for his education.

Abraham Lincoln had a more enlightened view: “All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.”

I bet Simon Peter never forgot what his brother had done for him. I hope we have a grateful memory, for we all have an unpayable debt to someone.

Some of the most successful people are
unknowns who inspired others to achieve.