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Walking With Wise Men

In college I remember hearing a couple of statements that went something like this:

Tell me the books you read and the friends you keep and I will tell you where you will be in five years.

You are a combination of the books you read and the companions you keep.

And long before that, when I was a young teenager, I heard this one often from my youth pastor:

You are now, or soon will be, what your friends are.

Whether you think so or not, you are strongly influenced by your friends and the things you fill your mind with. Maybe we should substitute YouTubers in place of the books you are reading. Either way, the idea is that these are the things that fill your mind and influence your thinking.

He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.

Proverbs 13:20

Interestingly the verse uses the words walk and companion in distinct ways. To walk here means to go in the way of someone. The idea is that you have a purpose and destination. But companion is the idea of pasturing together like cattle. Or, in common language, to hang out.

Who are your friends? What is it you are filling your mind and your time with?

Isn’t it interesting that young people will often say that they want to be their own person and not have someone else tell them how to talk or what to wear. The whole time they are telling you that, they are dressed just like the friends they are hanging out with. It is easy (and sometimes comical) to see how young people are influenced by their companions.

Yet, often we ignore that 40 year-olds and 75 year-olds are also influenced by their companions and those things they allow to fill their mind. When you start paying attention you will see 50 year-olds bending to peer pressure as willingly as a teenager.

What are you watching on TV (or YouTube)? What are you reading? Are those things helping you grow into the Christian you should be? If not, don’t you think it is about time to start becoming the mature Christian you thought you would have been by now?

Another quote that I’ve had rolling around my head since my early teen years:

You are now, or soon will be, what your friends are.

Be careful to walk with wise men and not be a companion of fools.

By dpeach

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