When I became a parent that quotation grew in its importance. I came to realize that our choice of friends always flows from the values we hold dearest. People who enjoy softball or golf, cooking or gardening, worshiping God and studying His Word form relationships because they hold things “in common” - their values.
Solomon said, “He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm.” The advice contained in this proverb is significant because it focuses our attention on the informal learning process - not what is taught in classrooms or churches. Much of our learning is “absorbed” through watching others, being with others and having a desire to imitate or be like others, especially those whom we admire or hold up as heroes.
Someone once asked John Rockefeller what he did to become so successful. “I only associate with people who are successful.” While that might sound trite and an over simplified way of becoming successful, it is profoundly true. The most “life shaping and longest lasting” lessons of our lives and those that have had the greatest impact on us have been “caught” rather than “taught.” Beware!
Prayer: Help us, Lord, to choose friends who honor and worship You, love Your Word and walk with You daily. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Proverbs 13:20 Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.