Who Is The Most Influential Person In Your Life?
- By Wilson Matthews
- Published 06/4/2007
Wilson is the youth leader at International Punjabi Masihi Church in Vancouver, Canada. Everyone loves this radical preacher's passion for Christ and His Church. Wilson helped organize the South Asian Global Convention (SAGC 2004) under the leadership of Pastor Pritam Singh. He is as "hairy-as-a-yak," "spits-like-a-camel," and is a F.A.T. (Faithful, Available, and Teachable) Christian. Wilson, a Malayalee Christian holds a BA in Biblical Studies from Trinity Western University and his mission is to make Scripture relevant to today's generation. Famous quote: "Knock it off!"
My interviewer looked at my checkered resume or CV depending on what part of the world you are from. I've done many interviews in my time, but this one was different.
She asked me who was the most influential person in my life and why he/she was so influential.
I told her that is was my mentor/pastor/friend, Pastor P. The reason he was so influential was because he believed in me more than I did in myself. He never gave up on me whenever I failed or blundered. He was never shocked, dissappointed, angry or tramautized by my mishaps. He would keep believing in me and push me to rise above, overcome and move on even in the face of seemingly failure.
I hate rejection. I hate it when people write me off. I hate being looked down on and who doesn't? It really stinks. Who enjoys the emotional baggage that comes with all these experiences. Who likes to be belittled? Nonetheless God is ever faithful and Pastor P is a living manifestation, a walking demonstration, a real testimony of Jesus in the world.
"... if we are faithless, he will remain faithful, for he cannot disown himself." (2 Tim 2:13)
"... I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father." (John 14:12)
"I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you." (John 14:18)
"Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you." (Hebrews 12:5)
Oh, God bless men of God like him. I hope I can aspire to that one day. You are truly the salt of the earth and light of the world. Thank you for leaving the comforts of heaven, the tropics of Singapore to change a the life of little ol' me. You left your wonderful church, beautiful new home, family and all you creature comforts to respond to the call of God. Sure, you didn't have all the ansrews at first. You didn't know what you would do, where you would live, how you'd bring home the bacon ($$$) but you took a leap of faith to impact Mr. Bilson. I can never thank you enough...