Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries3 Minutes

“A man who has friends must himself be friendly, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” Proverbs 18:24 NKJV

Dale Carnegie understood the importance of friendship. Born on this day in 1888, he became famous by his efforts to help others become successful, particularly through the relationships that they formed. At the latest count, his book, How to Win Friends and Influence People, has sold more than 15 million copies. Thousands more have downloaded electronic versions. It has been called “the most influential business book of the twentieth century.”

One of the reasons this book was so effective was that Carnegie provided clear, simple instructions on how to develop these relationships, and then use them to win others to our way of thinking.

For example, he encouraged people never to say that others were “wrong,” and to “show respect for the other person’s opinions.” In discussions, they were to “begin in a friendly way,” and let the other person do the talking and feel that the idea is his or hers.

God also wants us to win friends and influence people. But our objective should be saving Souls and ministering to them with the Gospel. And our hearts should be motivated not by personal gain but by a genuine love of God, compassion for the Lost, and a desire to foster unity within the Body of Christ.

Today, you have an opportunity to interact with people. Some are lost and ready to spend eternity without Jesus. Many are lonely and looking for answers. Others are hurting, struggling with finances, or facing crises.

You have the opportunity to be God’s ambassador in their lives. Show them that you care about them. Listen to them. And allow His Spirit to use you to bring encouragement, healing, and Godly perspective. Help bring back the Lost. Reach out to the needy. Be an example of Christ’s love and compassion.


Prayer: Father, show me how I can influence others for Your Kingdom. Use me and the resources You have given me. Thank You for all You have done for me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.