I wear many hats daily (wife, mom, pastor, daughter, sister, friend, entrepreneur, me..). Right now, I’m wearing my pastor hat as I share this message with you – Choose your friends wisely.
Remember those multiple choice questions at school or even professional exams? The instructions are somewhat like this: Choose the most appropriate answer OR Choose the most likely answer.
To score well, you choose the most appropriate answer and not the possible answer. You don’t score any marks for not choosing an answer.
In this case, if you don’t choose your friends wisely, you score bad marks for yourself because bad friends will ruin you.
You may have already experienced what this really means: “A friend in need is a friend indeed.” The Bible says in Proverbs 19:4 AMP – ” Wealth makes many friends, but the poor man is avoided by his neighbor.”
Nothing like a friend who is there for you when you need help. Someone who will stand by you through thick and thin. Not the kind of friend that will tell tales about what you said and didn’t say, thus adding insult to injury.
Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down. – Oprah Winfrey
Take heed – “A friend you can’t trust in times of trouble is like having a toothache or a sore foot” (Proverbs 25:19 CEV)
Choose your friends wisely; not quantity but quality.
How many real friends do you have? Since you have been around some people, have you made progress or your situation somehow just went downhill? Have you made any improvements or they just somehow bring out the worst in you?
People are like dirt. They can either nourish you and help you grow as a person or they can stunt your growth and make you wilt and die. – Plato
Should you become paranoid and have no friends?
No, because no man is an island and that’s the truth. Whether we like it or not, as long as we are on this planet, we need people in our lives. However, God has given each of us sanctified common sense and it’s up to us to use it.
Don’t fool yourselves. Bad friends will destroy you. – 1 Corinthians 15:33 CEV
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Belinda is a Global Privacy and Cybersecurity Consultant, Corporate Trainer, Writer, and International Speaker with a unique blend of law and technology expertise. In addition, she is a digital entrepreneur, ordained pastor, mentor to women ready to impact their generation. She is the host of Destiny Chats podcast and lives in New York with her family. For consultation , click here
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