By Tanisha Hopson
Relationships can take you to the greatest heights of your life or bring you down to nothing. The 6pm news is filled with examples of how this works every evening. As you examine the happenings of your environment today, ask yourself: who is adding value to my life? If you intend to go where God has purposed for you to go, this question is a key factor to unlocking your greatest potential.
Proverbs 13:20 says,” He that walketh with wise men shall be wise; but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.” I can name countless times in my life where my friends have helped to steer me away from trouble which could have changed the course of my life. I was truly blessed because they could see further than I could at the time. I thank God for these people because they continue to encourage me to do and be better person.
Your “walk” is your life’s journey. Who have you allowed to walk with you? Are you benefiting from the people closest to you? Who is feeding your soul and spirit? Are these people constantly withdrawing from you or depositing something positive into your life? If you are walking along your journey and find yourself slipping backwards from God’s best for you, you should stop what you are doing right now and examine who is on your team.
Take inventory of who is in your circle of “friends”. Is there a mutual exchange of benefits in these relationships? Are these people draining you or enhancing your life with goodness, words of encouragement, good/godly advice, etc.? Are these people assigned to help you become your greatest self? Ask God to bring people into your life that will help you to continually produce good fruit in your life. If your life is not being enhanced by your circle of “friends”; re-evaluate the relationships and take appropriate action in love.
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