Influence – the power or capacity of causing an effect in indirect or intangible ways
Infuence. It’s that thing that encourages you to go where all your friends are going, even if you don’t really want to.
Influence. It’s what you experience when your friends act in a certain way, and you begin to do it, too. Because if they do it, it’s probably okay, right?
Influence. It’s something that, as a believer, you should have on the people you hang out with.
When you look back on your life a few years from now, you’re going to realize that you are the product of all the different influences that you allowed to have power in your life. Your friends. Boyfriends. Parents. Teachers. Ministers. Coaches. Friends.
Who has the strongest influence in your life right now? Is that who you want to be in 5 years?
Are you influencing others? When your friends laugh at that weird girl in class because she gets straight As, wears different clothes, and talks kind of funny, do you laugh, too? Or do you stop them? Remind them that she’s a person, too?
When your friends want to talk nonstop about boys, clothes, music, and other trivial things, do you ever bring up Jesus? Or do you just let their conversation pull you in and focus your mind on worldly things?
Influence. It shapes who you are. It affects who you become. Will you learn to control it? To seek out godly influences? Or will you just let yourself become the product of everyone else’s behavior, just because they’re funny or cool or popular?