“Bad company corrupts good morals,” said the Apostle Paul. A thousand years earlier, King Solomon told his son, “if sinners entice you, do not consent.”
They both make the same point: choose your friends wisely. This is no small choice because in choosing your friends you may be choosing a destiny. This is why parents care who their kids hang around. If their son has good, upstanding friends, that bodes well for their son. If their daughter has immature, disrespectful friends, then her parents know it will have a bad influence.
You see it happen a lot in athletics, when teams play to the level of their competition, struggling against bad teams and solidly competing against superior teams.
We do the same thing in life. If we spend a lot of time with bad company, then we’ll become the bad company.
Are you evaluating your friends, and are you an authentic friend who is built for hard and messy days? As the Proverbs remind us, true friends are foul-weather friends, for "a friend loves at all times" (Proverbs 17:17).
Determine those who influence you. You have to make volitional choices to spend time with one group of people rather than another. Attach yourself to people going where you want to go in life. You see people who are better leaders than you? People who love their wives better than you, whose kids act like you want yours to act? Do some guys at church clearly have a better grasp on the Bible than you? Then get to know these people. Spend time with them. As iron sharpens iron, let these people sharpen you.
Your friends are a mirror of your character, so be sure you like what you’re looking at.