The Law of Averages
“He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm” (Proverbs 13:20).
“A little leaven leavens the whole lump of dough” (Galatians 5:9).
“Do not be deceived: ‘Bad company corrupts good morals’” (1 Corinthians 15:33).
“Do not associate with a man given to anger; or go with a hot-tempered man,
or you will learn his ways and find a snare for yourself” (Proverbs 22:24-25).
Greeting Church,The “Law of Averages” is a popular theory stating that “the result of any given situation will be the average of all outcomes.” When this principle is boiled down and used within the realm of our relationships, it means that we are the average of the five people that we spend the most time with. Think about that for just a moment. Who are the five people that you spend the most time with? Your spouse, your co-workers, your children, your “best” friend? Hopefully, it is someone you would like to emulate! The “Law of Averages” says that you are very likely a lot like them… and likely in more ways than you think.
When it comes to relationships, we are greatly influenced — whether we like it or not — by those closest to us. It affects our way of thinking, our way of speaking, our self-esteem, and our decisions… just to name a few. Of course, everyone is their own person, but research has shown that we are often more affected by our environment than we like to think or admit. This theory actually has some scriptural precedent behind it too. As you can see in the passages above, who we do life with will give us a good idea of who we really are – or who we are becoming.
So, I ask you, in light of your five closest companions, who are you? Is it someone you can be proud of? Is Jesus one of the people you spend most of your time with? If so, just know that the more time you spend with Him, the more likely you are to emulate Him! Maybe it is time that we evaluate our relationships and give more time to those who are truly worthy of it!
Grace and Peace,
Pastor Darren A. Jones