If I have heard it once, I have heard it a hundred times this week.

“You are a product of your environment.”

“You become like who you hang around.”

Over and over again, I heard a statement to this effect. It is truth. We do become like who we hang around.

Years ago, someone shared something with me that has stuck with me.

Imagine, you are at a place with a stage a few feet above the rest of the floor. One person is standing on the stage, the other is on the floor beneath them. Which is easier? Could the person ON the stage pull the one below UP to their level easier? Or could the one BELOW pull the other one DOWN to their level easier?

The one beneath could pull the one down much easier.

I am watching this very thing happen consistently lately. I don’t know why, but it is happening to many around me.

People who are spending time with negative people, are becoming more like them. People who are spending time with complaining people, are picking up their habits. People who would not normally act like the one they are hanging around, are suddenly mimicking them.

2 Corinthians 6:14 teaches us; Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?

We use this scripture for marriage or male/ female relationships. But it doesn’t only apply to those relationships. It should be a guide in our life.

I cannot afford to hang around people who are constantly talking about sickness, anger, complaining and all those other things that displease God. I must, instead, make a point of being around people who have their heart firmly set on God and His word. That’s what I want to talk about. That’s what I want to hear. Not all this other stuff that does NOT line up with God’s word.

There may be negative things happening in our world but they should not have our full attention. GOD ALONE should have our focus.

If we keep our mind stayed upon God, He promises us peace. If we keep our mind on the media, I can promise you, there will be no peace.

Please do not spend your hours with people who are constantly talking negative. Please remove yourself from people who complain all the time.

I realize there may be times you must be around those type people, if so, make sure you spend at least equal time with God and His word. Keep yourself built up in Him.

I was in a position like that just last week. I was around people talking about things I would prefer to not hear. As soon as they left, I turned on worship music and changed the atmosphere. Why? Because we ARE a product of our environment.

I knew that truth, but I also knew that I could change that environment. I must change the environment and keep an atmosphere that is conducive to God working in my life.

I don’t who or what you have been around and listening to lately. If it is not God and His word, change it now. Don’t fill your heart and mind with negative stuff. Fill your life with God and watch Him keep you in perfect peace.

Be very careful who and what you are around, we are a product of our environment.

Meditate on this:
Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. Awake to righteousness.
1 Corinthians 15:33-34

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