as Christians we are called to love everyone and show kindness to whomever crosses our path but we need to be careful about those we call friends and those we choose to spend our time with. there’s a very thin line between being the light in someone’s life and them being the one to dim yours… watch out!
“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”
1 Corinthians 15:33
certain lessons you have to learn on your own. in fact, most lessons fall under this category. as a parent, it’s tough because all you really want to do is protect your children from this big bad world. as the adult learning a new lesson … it can be quite disconcerting. especially when it comes on the heels of advice (very wise advice I might add) from dear friends who have actually walked what you’re walking.
not unlike a child who slams their finger in a drawer after being told repeatedly not to play with it, lessons learned in this manner tend to hurt. but better yet, they stick with you. some things just need to be experienced before they hit home!
I thank my God for placing wisdom filled individuals into my life and for His protection and correction when He sees fit!
Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future.
Proverbs 19:20 ESV
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as I reflect on my upcoming (what I used to reference as) Love Language Day, I think about how important it is to know and speak the love language of the people who mean the most to us. I’m not a big endorser of books (mainly because reading isn’t a passion of mine) but The Five Love Language concept (by Gary Chapman) is one I firmly stand behind. when we not only learn but are able to truly speak the love languages of our partner, kids, family members and friends, we keep them from looking elsewhere to fill their proverbial “love tank”. I, for one, don’t want my loved ones “lookin’ for love in all the wrong places”
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. (1 Peter 4:8 NIV)