In light of yesterday's super-long post, today will be much shorter. Let's revisit Day 11 for a bit. We talked about how important your influence is to those around you. For that same reason, it's important to know who influences you. In other words, make sure your friends and the people you surround yourself with are pouring into your life, building you up when you need it, and keeping you accountable when you're likely to fall. Be mindful of who is influencing you and what marks their influence leaves behind. That's the flip side of intentional relationships.
"Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm." ~Proverbs 13:20
"One who is righteous is a guide to his neighbor, but the way of the wicked leads them astray." ~Proverbs 12:26
"Iron sharpens iron and one man sharpens another." ~Proverbs 27:17
"Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety." ~Proverbs 11:14
"Do not be deceived: bad company ruins good morals." ~1 Corinthians 15:33
The Word tells us quite a bit about friendship and the importance of choosing friends carefully. Those are only a few verses. Whether we like it or not, if we're hanging out with fools, we'll be foolish; if we're hanging out with wise people, we'll be wise. Likewise, if we're intentional about our relationships, we'll surround ourselves with people who are authentic.
The point today is that living authentically for Him requires us making sure we have like-minded people in our lives. I'm not saying to cut off anyone who isn't perfect; if that's the case none of us would have any friends at all. However, if you're going to do better, if you're going to grow, if you're going to make a difference, it's going to be virtually impossible without the right people in your life. While you're out there using your influence to make a difference for Christ, make sure those who influence you are making a positive difference in your life as well. After all, iron sharpens iron. There's no way around it. Having authentic people in your life is a must if you're going to strive for authenticity.