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The impact of a person’s life can be for good or bad. The following examples demonstrate the different impact a person can have on their descendents.

1. Max Jukes, was an atheist who lived a ungodly life and married an ungodly women.

They had 540 descendents, 310 died paupers, 150 were criminals, 7 murders, 100

Drunkards, more than half of the women were prostitutes.

2. Johnathan Edwards, lived a godly life, and married a godly women. They had 1,394 descendents, 13 were college presidents, 65 were college professors, 3 U.S. Senators, 30 were judges, 100 lawyers, 60 doctors, 75 army and navy officers, 100 preachers and missionaries, 60 authors of prominence, 1 vice-president of the United States, 8 were public officials, 295 college graduates of whom some became state governors and U.S. ambassadors.

Do you see a contrast? One lived an ungodly life and had a detrimental affect on his descendents. The other lived a godly life and had a tremendous positive influence on his descendents.

What kind of impact will your life have on others? Apostle Paul speaks to the church of Philippi to be as shinning stars or great witnesses for God. In verse 14 through 16 of chapter 2 Paul shows how their lives can have a godly influence on others.

Transitional sentence; How can you have great influence on others.