- What are some of the qualities you admire in your friends?
- How do you think they would describe you?
- Do you think you walk "with the wise?"
Reading: Proverbs 13: 20
Look at your life. Look at the people you associate with on a regular basis. I would guess that since you are reading this, you probably surround yourself with some pretty decent people. You probably have good Christian friends who you spend time with regularly. You may even say you associate with a "good crowd."
A Christian author once wrote in a book that I read that one of the principles of life is that "the people you spend time with will influence the direction of your life." I think that is very true. When I look at the people that I have spent the majority of my life with, I see a common thread. They are all good, decent people who have influenced me in positive ways.
I often have thought that I was lucky in high school and college that I didn't get in with the "wrong crowd." If I had, I may have become a drug addict or an alcoholic. Instead, I associated with people who had the values of studying hard, trying to succeed, and trying to do the right thing. I truly was blessed with good people who surrounded me. That has continued through my working life to this day. I believe I know some of the best people in this world!
Our proverb reminds us that those who walk with wise people become wise. Hopefully that is the case in your life. I know it is in mine! --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
Discuss or reflect on this quote by Henri J.M. Nouwen: "The blessings that we give to each other are expressions of the blessing that rests on us from all eternity."