Now, there are some who believe the allure of peer pressure lessens as we grow older. The influence our friendships and relationships have on the person we are becoming is minimal now as adults. But, it’s simply not true. The same truth that went “in one ear and out the other” is just as relevant and just as true today.
Scripture and science show us time and time again that our connection points form and mold us. They can take their toll on our heart as well as make it come alive. We are the sum of the people we surround ourselves with. Quite simply, our friends will determine the quality and direction of our lives.
Because this is true, we must pause and determine the direction of the influence. What connections are causing chaos? Who is dragging us down? Which relationships are having a negative effect on our attitude, actions, and perspective? Where are we looking for acceptance in all the wrong places? How can we cut off this influence? On the flip side, what relationships are helping us flourish? Who in our lives spurs us on to pursue God’s heart? What connections cause you to gain confidence in our character? How can we tap into these relationships and up the influence they have on our lives?
We must choose our friends wisely. We can’t let this important truth go “in one ear and out the other.”