Choose Your Friends Wisely

"Choose your friends wisely." - Your Mom

All of us who have had mothers (this should include most of us) have probably heard some variation of the above quote on many occasions. When we failed to listen to this advise, our poor decision always, always, always came back to haunt us. And, when we actually took this advise, it nearly always resulted in the very pleasant benefit of quality friends.

This advise, however, goes way beyond the people we choose to hang out with. It also goes for the places we frequent - from the schools and social groups we join to the places of entertainment we frequent. Choose wisely in these areas and you can expect to reap rich rewards. Choose poorly and you can expect to pay a heavy penalty.

This advise also applies to the things we put into our minds. Whether we are talking about the type of literature we read or the television and movies we watch or the songs we listen to or the things we view on the internet, these "friends" will surely enhance our minds and lives, or they will pollute them just as surely as toxic sludge pollutes the water supply.

More than anything else, we need to choose our friends wisely when it comes to our souls. We need to choose wisely when it comes to the church we attend - is it a place to worship God, or is it little more than a social club? We need to make sure that we maintain a close relationship with the Bible, for it truly contains the very words of God. And, our very best friends must be our heavenly Father and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ - for if we choose Them for friends, we will have made the wisest decision that a man can make and guarantee ourselves an eternity of joy. On the other hand, should we be so foolish as to choose another friend instead, we will surely pay for that poor decision with an eternity of sorrow. 

He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm. Proverbs 13:20, NIV