Walk with the wise and become wise;
associate with fools and get in trouble. (Proverbs 13:20 NLT)
Associations have the power to shape our character! Most of us would SAY that we do not hang out with our enemies, however, the opposite is true in some cases. It is possible to have someone as a friend who is an enemy to our souls. In the above verse and again in Psalms 1, we are told that who we associate with we become like. If I spend most of my time with those who do not have a relationship with Christ, then eventually I will take on the characteristics of the world. However, if I spend time with those who are passionately following Jesus, that too will rub off on me and my passion for Him will grow as well. To be wise I must follow those that are wise, and WHO is wiser than Jesus?! The closer we get to Him the better off we are and the greater the impact we can make on others. Paul said "follow me as I follow Christ." Can others follow your example, or are you being shaped by the culture to much to make a difference? Check your connection to Jesus today and through prayer, ask God to speak to you about your associations......STEP Forward!