13 Nov The Company You Keep
There is a saying that “birds of a feather flock together.” In other words, there is an assumption that individuals are similar to or are in agreement/alignment with the company they choose to keep. Look around you. Who do you spend time with? Who influences your ideas, opinions and thoughts? Who are the members of your flock?
If you are trying to move forward in your calling and in the purpose that God has for you, it is critical to surround yourself with likeminded individuals who are moving in the same direction as you. You need positive people who will encourage and challenge you to reach your highest heights. Alternatively, hanging with negative people can pull you down and keep you from reaching your full potential.
In Galatians 5:7, Paul said to the believers “ye were running well; who hindered you that you should not obey the truth?” He goes on to say “a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump” (Gal 5:9). The believers were doing well; they were running a good race. They were excelling in their walk with the Lord, but somewhere along the course they got hung up with the wrong person and fell into disobedience. The wrong influence infected their thinking and their behavior and blocked them from obeying the truth.
There are some people in your life that you will need to leave behind as you move forward in your calling. Some doors will have to be closed. Some calls and texts left unanswered. Some unopened emails deleted from the inbox. You cannot allow anyone to trip you up as you run your race. The prize is too valuable; the stakes are too high. Watch out for individuals who are just there to block your path. Be mindful of the company you keep.