|Yesterday, I talked about the importance of surrounding yourself with people who will enhance your life and not hinder your progress. I want to emphasize today that your inner circle matters. Our lives are full of so many people we meet, spend time with, and do activities with. At some point, we have to understand that not only do we need to value these relationships, but we also need to think about who is influencing our lives. One thing is for sure: If you show me your closest friends, I will show you your future. The Bible says in Proverbs 27:17, “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” But I believe the opposite is also true in that negative and dull influences can dull another.
Back in my teens, I remember not-so-smart friends influencing me to do foolish things! I believed that once I turned 18, I wouldn’t have to manage my friends anymore. I thought as I grew into an adult, my friends would stop influencing my life. It’s our friends who set our standards or the minimum that we’re willing to accept. It is our closest friends who will determine our morals, achievement standards, and how we conduct ourselves. I’m not talking about the widest circle of friends here, but rather our closest friends. Our attitude towards life will be shaped by them.
Friend, you may say, wasn’t Jesus reaching out to sinners and broken people? Absolutely, and we should, too. But Jesus’ inner circle was made up of His disciples and He prayed for them to be one as He and the Father were one. You can be intentional about meeting people and developing relationships that are going in the same direction that God wants you to go!