We did it! We made it to the final oof of friendship. I’m so proud of you for continuing your journey of daily devotion to the Lord. I pray that you are learning a lot and growing closer to the Lord. Don’t stop now!
The final of our top ten ship sinkers is intentional sinking! Sometimes a ship has lived past its usefulness and it is better for it to sink. This is called scuttling. They might sink a ship to prevent it from being captured, or to restrict navigation, or maybe even to create an artificial reef for divers, or finally to alter the flow of a river.
I think this is profound because friendships absolutely do alter the course of our lives. I grew up hearing, “show me your friends and I’ll show you your future.” The relationships we choose, determine how we will be influenced. Make no mistake, we are constantly being influenced by the people in our lives. Our opinions, style, speech, and thought patterns shift depending upon what we see and hear.
When we choose to spend time with friends are making unwise choices, rather than the choice to honor God, we are choosing to be influenced in that direction. I know you’re skeptical. You’ve had friends like that before and it didn’t affect you that much. This is the danger: influence happens slowly. Show me two people who have been friends for years and I will show you people who likely dress similarly, listen to similar music, watch the same tv shows. use the same expressions, the list goes on and on. That’s because influence doesn’t happen over a day, a week, or even a month. However, the longer we are around something or someone the greater influence they have over us.
We must choose our friends wisely. When we identify a friend who might be influencing us in. a way that is harmful to our life, or our walk with God we have to make the tough decision. Sometimes we need to distance ourselves from negative influences. It can be painful, but nothing compared to the pain of continuing down a path that leads away from making wise choices having moral character, doing well in school, and pursuing God.
THINK ABOUT THIS:
- Take stock today. What are some ways your friends influence you?
- Are there any friendships that might need to be sunk?
PRAY: Lord, help me to choose wise friends that will lead me where You want me in life.
Proverbs 13:20 (NLT) Walk with the wise and become wise; associate with fools and get in trouble.
Proverbs 13:20 (MSG) Become wise by walking with the wise; hang out with fools and watch your life fall to pieces.
Proverbs 12:26 (NLT) The godly give good advice to their friends; the wicked lead them astray.
1 Corinthians 15:33 (TPT) So stop fooling yourselves! Evil companions will corrupt good morals and character.
Proverbs 27:5-6 (NLT) An open rebuke is better than hidden love! 6 Wounds from a sincere friend are better than many kisses from an enemy.
Philippians 4:4-9 (NLT) Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! 5 Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon.
6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
8 And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. 9 Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.