Have you ever thought about who or what influences you? Tevis got asked a question the other day about who his musical influences were and we got to talking about it. Neither one of us has ever really thought about it. Sure, we have people who we really like, but which ones. That got my wheels turning.
Believe it or not, everything has an influence on you. I remember when I was younger, kids would always say that they only listened to the music and not the lyrics. My question was, “if you’re not listening to the lyrics, then how do you know them?” We take things in all the time, whether we are paying total attention or not. Proverbs 6:27-28 says, Can a man scoop fire into his lap without his clothes being burned? Can a man walk on hot coals without his feet being scorched? The answer is obviously no. That is the same with what we subject ourselves to. We can’t honestly say that sitting and watching a movie with sex scenes and foul language has no effect on us. Or that the music that talks about sex, drugs and whatever else has no effect on us. It surely does! We are to guard our thoughts and minds.
Right now, we are battling our daughter about Anime. She loves it! For the longest time we wouldn’t let her watch Pokemon and the likes. We let our guard down and started to let her watch it. Yet, we didn’t pay attention to the downward spiral that it was causing. She no longer watches Pokemon, but she is hooked on other ones now. We have noticed a drastic change in her behavior. We are now going to be taking away a lot of the anime. We left the door open just enough for Satan to get his toe in. Now we have to work hard to remove it.
Everything influences you. Whether it be good or bad. We need to surround ourselves with wise people and positive things. Proverbs 13:20 says, He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm. Walk with people who positively influence your lives. We all would be the better for it. And being a great beacon of light for the God we serve, what could be better? =)