We are all under the influence of someone or something. We like to think we are fully autonomous, but how can we be with so many expectations, desires, messages, and beliefs pulling at us—often in different directions? As Jesus walked the earth he made this invitation to anyone who would listen: “Follow Me.” In essence he was saying, let your life fall under my influence, instead of the influences that are currently pulling you apart. This month we will address five points of tension that we find ourselves in as we attempt to follow Jesus in a culture that has all but forgotten him. And we’ll be asked this question: who’s influence are we really under?