In 43 years, I have seen many changes in my life. Mostly, changes in myself.
I can remember when I was rebellious, self centered, egotistical, wicked, and down right evil. Am I being harsh when I say that I was evil? Maybe, but I don’t know. Webster describes evil as “Morally reprehensible: sinful, wicked” and “arising from actual or imputed bad character or conduct”. I cared for nothing but myself and my own pleasures. I “played” the good role when it suited me, and made it easier when I was around the right people. When left to my own devices, I flirted, I lied, and I did what it took to get my way and to enjoy life. I dated with the thoughts of conquest, not with my future or the feelings of the person I was dating. My walk was mine alone. I lived my life, from day to day, on how it suited me best. I hurt people along the way. I used people along the way.
I have since repented of those sins. I have turned away from the person I used to be. I did not, and do not have the power to do this myself. I rely on Jesus to give me the strength do this. Daily I work to die to self and let God fill me and flow through me. As I look back on who I was, I realize something that I feel is very important, and it helps me to be who I am today. When I was at my worst, I realize now that I was around people that were just like me. I was the company I kept.
Psalm 1:1 states
1 Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers.
I have to be mindful of the company I keep. This company now includes Christ as well as the people I spend time with on a daily basis. Are the people you spend your time with, walking in the direction you should be going? Are you taking council from people that have the same direction? Let this be your thought for today and take an inventory of the people you let influence your own walk.