“You Are the Average of the 5 People You Spend the Most Time With.”

“You Are the Average of the 5 People You Spend the Most Time With.” August 5, 2014

Yesterday on More2Life Radio, Lisa an I discussed an assertion of a new book, The Power of No Specifically, that “you are an average of the 5 people you spend the most time with.”

shutterstock_74932492I haven’t read the whole book, but I was struck by this assertion.  It’s really a terrific way of communicating, in simple terms, the Theology of the Body’s claim that the human person is communal and relational by nature.  We have a profound impact on the lives of others and others have a profound impact on us.  And although we have a tendency to think of ourselves as entirely separate and in charge of our own choices, the people we associate with do play a huge role in supporting or undermining our efforts to become the people God is calling us to be.

So, let me ask you….

1.   Are the 5 people you spend the most time with helping or hurting your chances of becoming the person God created you to be?

2.  If–whether you realized if or not–you really were an average of the 5 people  you spend the most time with, would that be a good thing or a bad thing?

3.  Finally, if you are less than pleased to be the average of these 5 people, what do you need to do about it?

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