One of my all time favorite books to read is the Bible. Technology is making it readily available now at our fingertips and I appreciate it. On a train ride to New York City a few weeks ago, I decided to read the Book of Ruth for inspiration. As a mom of girls, I am always looking for strong successful feminine mentors with an intentional influence lifestyle.
Ruth is one such example to me because of her boldness, determination and hope for a better future. Her husband died and she chose not to wallow in pity but took action. There is power in our responses to life struggles. She decided to follow her mother-in-law, Naomi, to a land and a people she knew nothing about, even after Naomi attempted to dissuade Ruth.
I assume Naomi must have made an impression on Ruth, a product of Naomi’s intentional influence lifestyle on Ruth. Ruth’s determination resulted in both women traveling back to Naomi’s native land of Bethleem. Ruth did not waste anytime once they got there and was hard at work providing for herself and Naomi. Everyone noticed Ruth’s hard work and devotion to Naomi, especially Boaz, the wealthy and well-respected man who owned the fields. He instructed his workers to make sure that Ruth left each day with plenty.
Naomi is now convinced of Ruth’s pure motives and goes into intentional influence mode. Intentional influence mode is when someone makes it their business to invest time and experience to build someone else. Ruth is intentional in heeding Naomi’s advice. Ruth ended up not only marrying Boaz but she was blessed with a legacy in offspring of kings and a life story that would be read for ages to come.
Ruth is the epitome of what happens when intention meets influence. This reinforced to me the power of intentional influence when it comes to parenting. As parents, we have been entrusted to raise successful and confident future leaders who can pay our intentional influence forward.
I thank God for all the Naomis in my life whose intentional influence lifestyle shape my mom life journey. I pray for an intentional influence lifestyle to be ignited in all of us so that we make our business to invest in the Ruths in our lives, starting with our children.
A successful legacy is similar to a relay race as the baton is passed on to the next generation. They in turn confidently carry it on to the next. An intentional influence lifestyle involves sowing our best today, starting at home, in order to reap a successful harvest tomorrow. Let’s be intentional in our parenting journey and the next generation will sure benefit from it!
Healthy Whole LifeStyle NODte: “True success comes only when every generation continues to develop the next generation.” -John Maxwell