Have you ever wondered how much you are influenced by the people around you? If you were friends with different people, how would you be different? If the culture of your school changed, how would you change? Growth and maturity are important and a big step in maturing is learning how you are influenced. The reason is because if you learn how you are influenced, you can be intentional about surrounding yourself with people who will influence you the way you want to be influenced. They will challenge you and help you to grow. But if we don’t pay attention, we often surround ourselves with whoever is available or the people we have always been there. This means we are willing to be influenced in a good or bad way. We are not setting ourselves up to grow and mature, we are just going with the flow of life. Which leaves us susceptible to negative influence that can play a huge role in who we become.