We all have those we grow up with and those we become friends or acquaintances with later in life. How do the influence us as kids or adults? What type of influences do we keep as close friends? What type of influences are we spending time with? How does peer pressure affect us?
As human as we are, many of us tend to have negative influences in our life as well as positive influences. Who do you associate yourself with? As kids we also are influenced by peer pressure often. Are we hanging out with who is considered popular? Are we wearing what all the other kids are wearing? Are we talking like the popular kids? Are we doing what the other kids are doing?
There is one friend that all of us should be looking to as an example, how to be, live, and act like. That one person is Jesus. Jesus is the best friend we can have and the best influence we can have as adults or kids. We need to focus on God and not what others are doing, wearing, acting like, talking like, etc. The one person we must fit in with is God, are we living and acting as the bible says we should?
Look in the mirror and ask yourself; Who am I hanging out with? How do I talk? Do I respect and love others as I should? Do I obey my parents as I should? Am I worried about what I wear, how I look, and what others think of me? What things do I involve myself with? Who do I involve myself with? Do I know the ten commandments? Do I know that Jesus died on the cross for me?
To live as we should, what should we do? The answer to this is easier said than done for many people. We all struggle with something in life. That is why we must have faith and trust in God with everything in our life.
We should be reading our bibles, praying in detail, praying before our meals, going to church (more than just holidays or when we feel like it), associating ourselves with positive influences and role models, staying involved in church activities, spreading the word of God, being a loving and caring person, helping others find their way to God, and much more.
The list can go on forever on what we should be doing and is a step by step process for many people. Involving ourselves with strong Christians can be the game changer for many. We need to stop hanging out and associating ourselves with those who are going to bring us down to a low level in life. Influencing us to do the wrong things, act the wrong way, talk the wrong way, idol money and other items that are not of God, and disobey our parents or be disrespectful to them.
It is best to start living the right way while young so we do not have to learn the hard way. The hard way being things such as: going to jail, going to hell, or both. Negative influences we have in life can lead us down the wrong path in life. The negative influence can start with things as simple as cussing, using God's name in vain, being mean to others, showboating, bragging (boasting), or creating reasons not to go to church, pray, or read the bible.
We need to reverse this pattern in life and be the people God wants us to be.
If you feel that you are being led by negative influences, being pulled away from God, or never had a relationship with God; reach out to someone that is an influence that is good. If you are a good influence and have a strong relationship with God, reach out to those who don't.
"Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?" 2 Corinthians 6:14
"Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.” 1 Corinthians 15:33