Friends, Followers And Faith

Will and his friends had an enjoyable afternoon playing in his backyard. Suddenly there was a severe disagreement and he shouted, “Go home. I can play by myself.”
His father heard the “noise” and asked, “What happened, Son?”
Angrily he said, “They wouldn’t let me have my turn on the teeter-totter so I told them to go!”
“Well,” said his Dad, “let me see how it works with you on one end and no one else on the other.”
Life is very much like a teeter-totter. We need to have others around to make it “work.” And no matter how many friends we may have it seems like there is always room for another one.
But who we choose to have as friends is very important. Our friends tend to tear us down, they give us strength or cause us to stumble and they either lead us closer to the Lord or get between us. A wise proverb reads, “Tell me whom you are with, and I will tell you what you are.”
We are not like roses. If we find a bush full of beautiful roses in a field of weeds, it will not take away from their fragrance or beauty. Friends are different because of the influence they have on us. And it seems more likely that it is easier for them to involve us in their vices than we are to get them involved in our virtues.
Wisely the Psalmist said, “I am a friend to all who fear You, to all who follow Your precepts.”
Prayer: Guide and guard us, Lord, as we choose our friends. May we be aware of their influence on our lives. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Psalm 119:63 I am a friend to all who fear you, to all who follow your precepts.

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