Who your friends are

I am not going to give you one of those “look what happens when a good person has bad friends” stories. We have heard the stories of the professional athlete, the aspiring college kid, and others with so much potential that just ended up flushing it down the commode because of the bad friends they associated with. I feel that there is far too much emphasis on the negative stories. It is like one of those stories your parents tell you to get you to behave better. “You see what happened to Johnny? It’s because he didn’t have good friends!” The truth is guilt and fear works only for so long. However positive redirection is far more effective.

So, what are some of “pluses” of having good friends? We are generally a reflection of our friends in activities, education, income and interests. If you have good friends with good habits, good interests, etc. you will reflect that because friendship holds us accountable. This is why AA and other support groups emphasize the importance of purging ourselves from the bad friends and acquiring good ones. It is in your best interest to have good friends.

The old saying that iron sharpens iron is true. A good group of friends is one of the most important things a person can have. Studies reflect that our happiness is directly related to meaningful relationships with others. Friendship is vital to our personal well being. While it is good to have a wide variety of friends to hang out with, it is also important to have a core group of people you can relate to on a deeper level.

Good friends open your eyes to the world around you; they help you on your path and challenge you to live the best life you can! Friendship gives you more out of life! So, if you have friends who are sucking the life out of you, who drag you down, you create drama…start looking for some better friends. Friends, who will build you up, encourage you and challenge you to be the person they believe you can be!
By yourself you’re unprotected. With a friend you can face the worst. Can you round up a third? A three-stranded rope isn’t easily snapped. Eccl 4.13 (The message bible)


~ by Daniel Toops on August 9, 2013.

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