I know you have heard this said over and over again, watch the company you keep. A lot of us probably heard this growing up from our parents and other adults in our lives. When we are young we tend to hear things but they don’t sink in. Those words don’t have meaning. It’s not until we get older that those words of wisdom creep back up into our thoughts and we begin to understand what our elders meant.
The older I get the more I realize the power that is in our inner circle. For example if we choose to surround ourselves around people who are negative and unmotivated, we can easily find ourselves in the same boat. Or should I say more like a sinking ship.
A lot of times misery loves company. If people aren’t trying to better their lives why would they want to see you strive to be the best you can be? Sometimes people will encourage you to do the wrong thing, because they don’t want to see you live right. Why allow that type of energy in your life? You can become what you surround yourself with.
As Christians, it is important to keep people around us that encourage us to live the best lives we can. There are some people that we have to leave in the past in order to be the person that God wants us to be. It’s not about cutting anyone off, it’s more about loving them from afar. In order to be where you need to be you can’t follow the direction their going, because it will not lead you to your destination.
Find a circle of people that will love you enough to tell you when you’re wrong, who will encourage you when you’re down, who will help pull you closer to God rather than push you away, and who will pray for you and with you. That’s the kind of company you want to keep.