“Walk with the wise and become wise; associate with fools and get in trouble.”
When I was younger, my mom was pretty insistent on meeting anyone I was spending much time with and one of her favorite things to say to me was, “Dime con quien andas, y te dire quien eres.” That loosely translates to, “Tell me who you hang out with, and I’ll tell you who you are.” I’m not even sure if she did it knowingly, but it turns out mom took this quote directly out of Proverbs.
Everyone’s heard of peer pressure, but I think sometimes people just think of those old “Just Say No” campaigns and don’t even consider the peer pressure we face every single day from those closest to us. You’ve no doubt encountered groups of friends at different times in your life that dressed similarly, or seemed to like all the same things, or even adopted their own slang. In the same way that dogs and their owners tend to look alike, people and their friends tend to resemble each other – inside and out.
It’s so important to look around from time to time and reevaluate how we’re spending our time, and just as importantly – who we’re spending our time with. I’m not suggesting you abandon all your current relationships, I just want to encourage you to be more aware of how your friends/family/co-workers affect you, and likewise, how you are affecting them.
Today, take some time to pray for those around you, that you will be aware of the way they influence you, and that God will use you to be a positive influence in their lives.