There’s a saying: “Show me your friends, and I’ll show you your future.” This adage reminds us that the people closest to us have a profound influence on our lives. Your day-to-day life reflects the best and the worst of the closest people to you. We are fundamentally inspired and influenced by the company we keep. Reflect on the individuals who surround you. Are they challenging you towards your highest potential? If not, it might be time to consider whether a change in your inner circle is needed. Your relationships aren’t just bonds; they’re roadmaps to the future you want to embrace.
If you want to imagine your future, get a piece of paper and write down the 5 to 7 people who are closest to you. If you’re married, write down your spouse. If you have children, regardless of their number, give them a single space by writing “children”. Complete the remaining spaces. When you’re finished, realize that you’re looking into your future. Are you satisfied with the potential on paper? Do you want to change a name on that list? It is time to stop allowing friendships and relationships to blossom randomly. Relationships are too important to leave to chance.
The Bible encourages us to pray about anything and everything. Through prayer, we can mould and shape the quality and quantity of friends in our lives. You can raise your voice to the heavens and ask for friends, mentors, and teachers who will push you to reach your full potential. Friendships and relationships are far too important to be taken lightly. In Psalm 1:1, the psalmist praises the man who avoids the wicked’s counsel, the path of sinners, and the seat of scoffers. This wisdom tells us to surround ourselves with people who inspire us to grow, who lift our spirits, and who lead us down the right path.