I have heard it multiple times in the past week, and I have even said a few times that who we have in our inner circle is so incredibly important.
Have you ever heard the quote that says, if you hang around five unmotivated people you will become the sixth but if you hang around five successful people you will become the sixth? I may be butchering it a bit, but you get it, right?
God wants us to have high quality relationships. He knows what they are saying behind closed doors about you, and He needs us to wake up a realize that we need to have the best people around us. I have been making my way through Proverbs the past couple of weeks and if we get anything from this book in the bible it is to not follow the way of wicked. So, I wanted to change the above quote a bit to make sense in God’s word. If you hang around five people leading a wicked path you will become the sixth one but if you hang around five people walking a Godly lead path than you will become the sixth one.
Sometimes we try so hard to keep certain friendships going but God knows what is going on behind closed doors and knows that it is time that you find better friends. It is hard to stop being friends with people that you have grown to be so comfortable with, maybe you have been friends with them since high school or since you were little. We know that comfort zones are hard to leave but sometimes things just have to be done. I have loved every single one of my friends that I have had throughout my life, but I can be honest, the group of friends I have now are high quality. They love Jesus, they are living for Jesus, and they are spreading His word. They challenge me and they also support me. They help me up when I fall but they also know how to give me tough love when I am feeling down on myself. My growth in my walk with God is so much more because of them.
Your friends should love you, support you, help you up but also give you tough love, and most importantly they should push you to do better for yourself and love Jesus! What friends should not do: talk down to you, talk bad about you, downgrade you, speak poorly about your career choice because they don’t agree (politically), and they should never make you lower your expectations for yourself.
God made promises towards abundance and blessings and I am sorry to say it but sometimes your “circle” is what is causing you to miss out on what God has in store. Protecting our hearts are so important, that is why it is incredibly vital that you have friends that are going to walk a path with God with you. You might be at different steps of your walk, but you can learn so much from each other and you will grow into a better version of yourself because of that.
“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life”
It is time that we stop trying to be who are friends what us to be and be who God created us to be. That means it is time to reevaluate your circle. Cutting off people is hard and maybe one day we can all be friends again, but right now you must do what is best for you and your walk with God. It is time to turn from the wicked lead friends and turn to the Godly lead friends, I can promise you anything your life will be so much more blessed when you have your high-quality friends with you.
Somethings to think about & journal if you are feeling spunky:
- What kind of friends do you have around you?
- Do you need to reevaluate who you hang around with?
- Read through Proverbs this week. Which path are you leading: wicked or Godly?