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Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.

Proverbs 13:20 (NIV)

An influencer is a person who influences another. Social media influencers can become rich just by endorsing a particular product. Big influencers can have millions of followers and the power to control large areas of our economy and society. The term itself is new, but the actions and results of an influencer are not. We all can influence others.

Whether we realize it or not, the people we spend the most time with will influence us the most. I once worked twelve hours a day, five days a week, with a group of women. After a few months with them, I noticed how I started using new words, choosing to eat new food, and even watching some of the shows they watched. I also noticed how they started repeating some biblical phrases I used, not even realizing they were repeating the Bible.

King Salomon tells us in Proverbs 13 that if we walk with wise people, we will become wise. It is impossible not to learn and grow wiser if we spend much time with wise people. On the other hand, if we surround ourselves with fools, we will become like them and gain the consequences of foolishness. Salomon tells us we will suffer harm.

My friends, we can't choose the people we are exposed to at work, school, or even places we visit, like restaurants or parks, but we can choose the people who have the most significant influence on us. If our coworkers are not wise, we do not have to become friends with them. If our classmates act foolishly, we are not obligated to spend time with them outside school.

Please understand me; I am not saying we cannot socialize or spend time with unwise people. What I am saying is not to have close fellowship with the unwise. Choose your close relationship well. In doing that, you are avoiding harm to your family and teaching your children to choose their relationships well.

If you ever wonder how to distinguish a wise person from a foolish one, look at people's lives. A wise person is always surrounded by wise people, and his life is in order. A foolish person lives putting out fires or dealing with his or his friend's messes. My friend, take a look at your life. You may need to change your influencers if your life is constantly in turmoil.

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