Sunday Inspiration: The most influential person in your life

the most influential person“Marie Kondo tells us to ask of an object, ‘Does it bring me joy?’ If yes, then keep it; if no, give it to Goodwill. We need to apply that to our hearts. Is that anger bringing you any joy? No? Then let it go. The most influential person in your life is the one you refuse to forgive.” -Rev. Susan Sparks

I had the great pleasure of hearing Rev. Susan Sparks of the Madison Avenue Baptist Church speak this week at Chautauqua Institution. She’s such a gifted and inspirational speaker, not afraid to tell her own stories, and not afraid to use humor to make her point. I found this quote to share with you. I’ll be following her sermons by podcast from her church in New York City, so expect to hear more.

Who is the most influential person in your life? The one you’ve refused to forgive? Is it time?


  1. Nancy Lepri on August 4, 2019 at 9:37 am

    I have had many influential people in my life, such as my husband of 48 years, my parents, and if course, my Lord. There have also been a couple of people who have hurt my mom, my inlaws, and myself through their actions. I have been able to let go of the bitterness I’ve had and forgive them, doing all this through prayer.

  2. Joan on August 4, 2019 at 10:17 am

    Guess what. I don’t want that person to be influential in my life. I have never thought of it that way before. Thank you, Emilie

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