Apr 20, 2015

100 Most Influential People in the World...They Used to Be Kids

Time magazine just released their annual list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.  (see below)

All of these people have something in common.  They were once kids!  Think about it with me.

When you influence kids, you are influencing future influencers.  The kids you minister to today are the influencers of tomorrow. 

You never know who you are influencing.  A child you are influencing right now may be on this list one day. 

When you influence kids, your influence is multiplied many times over.  God will take your influence and multiply it many times over through the lives of the kids you invest in. 

Childhood is the most influential time in a person's life.  When influence a child, you are influencing them for life.  We are molded into who we are when we are children. 

If you really want to influence kids, then influence their parents.  Parents are the greatest influence in a child's life.  If you really want to influence kids for Christ, then equip their parents with the tools they need to lead their children spiritually. 

When you influence kids, your influence outlives you.  When you influence a child, you are ensuring your influence will continue after you are gone.  Your influence moves from being one generational to being multi-generational.

List of Kids Who Grew Up to Be the 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2015:
Kanye West
Lorne Michaels
Mellody Hobson
Tim Cook
Elizabeth Holmes
Charles Koch & David Koch
Susan Wojcicki
Chanda Kochhar
Tony Fernandes
Lee Daniels
Reid Hoffman
Kim Kardashian West
Janet Yellen
Danny Meyer
Lei Jun
Bob Iger
Satya Nadella
Jorge Paulo Lemann
Misty Copeland
Scott Kelly
Emmanuelle Charpentier & Jennifer Doudna
Brian Chesky
Jimmy Lai
Emma Watson
Vikram Patel
Pardis Sabeti
Reese Witherspoon
Bryan Steven son
Chai Jing
Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow
Kira Orange Jones
Aura Elena Farfan
Martin Blaser
Anita Sarkeesian
Tom Catena
Rudolph Tanzi
Mustafa Hassan
Laverne Cox
Sarah Koenig
Bradley Cooper
Richard Linklater
Chris Ofili
Julianna Margulies
Amy Schumer
Alexander Wang
Jill Soloway
Chris Pratt
Audra McDonald
Tim McGraw
Kevin Hart
Chimamandra Ngozi Adichie
Julianne Moore
Christopher Nolan
Marie Kondo
John Oliver
Jorge Ramos
Narendra Modi
Angela Merkel
Bob Corker
Rula Ghani
Muhammadu Buhari
Alexis Tsipras
Vladimir Putin
Obiageki Ezekwesili
Elizabeth Warren
Haider Al-Abadi
Joko Widodo
King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
Xi Jinping
Jeb Bush
Tom Frieden
Samantha Power
Raul Castro
Kim Jong Un
Abubakar Shekau
Benjamin Netanyahu
Hillary Clinton
Martin Dempsey
Beji Caid Essebsi
Adam Silver
Lu Wei
Marine Le Pen
Barack Obama
Mitch McConnell
Mohammad Javad Zarif
Joanne Liu
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Taylor Swift
Diane von Furstenberg
Gabriel Medina
Haruki Murakami
Bjork
Jerry Brown
Abby Wambach
Ina Garten
Thomas Piketty
Malala Yousafzai
Pope Francis

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