There was a familiar statement that my parents made to me many times when I was growing up. It went something like this; “Birds of a feather flock together.” The other question I heard many times was, “If everyone else jumps off a bridge, will you jump too?” The idea is the same … the people you spend time with will heavily influence the way you think and eventually act. It is so important that we have good relationships with godly people who will be able to influence our way of thinking. Our way of thinking will eventually result in actions that will determine the success or failure of our lives.
“Whoso keepeth the law is a wise son: But he that is a companion of riotous men shameth his father” (Proverbs 28:7). There are two keys in this verse that really set out the plan for living a successful Christian life: The Word of God; and the right friends. I cannot stress enough the importance of making the Word of God the foundation upon which you build your opinions and convictions. It is not a good idea to allow your friends to build your foundation. God alone is the One to give you the truths to build your life upon. God has the wisdom for all the situations you will face in your life, and He has provided the owners manual for your life … the Bible. Don’t ever minimize the importance of allowing the Word of God to seep into your heart. Those truths are the ones that will hold you when everything and everyone around you is spinning out of control. Without a firm foundation, other people can easily move us from the truth to a lie without us even knowing what is happening.
The second thing is to find friends who also want to stand on the Word of God as their foundation. There is something about the fellowship of people who are standing with you during the tough times. When I was in High School, we did not have a full-time Youth Pastor, so we took it on ourselves to serve God and to stand strong on the truths we were being taught. I do thank God for lay leaders who influenced our lives as teenagers. We needed that adult influence for sure. I am also thankful that I had Christian friends who encouraged me to stand for Christ in a public school, and not to bend to the pressures of teenage years. God allowed us to be involved in precious ministry opportunities as young people that have held strong all these years. Make the Word of God your foundation and stay in the truths of the Word of God. Then choose the right people to stand with today!
“Begin to be now what you will be hereafter.” – William James