When I was a kid my mom used to say “bad company corrupts good character.” Later I found out that she was quoting 1 Corinthians 15:33. Others can bring us down. Thankfully the reverse is also true, others can lift us up. I’ve been in ministry for almost 20 years now and I have seen over and over again that people who are trying to make major changes usually need help. The addict almost always has to leave behind his old “buddies” and find his place in a recovery community. The woman in a toxic relationship requires friends to stand by her to help give her the strength to leave the man who is nothing but trouble. In the book Change Anything the authors share that if a person changes a few accomplices (people who pull them down) for true friends (people who pull you up) that step alone “adds more than 60 percent to the odds of success” on making a change. So today look around at your relationships. Are you surrounded by “accomplices” or “friends?” Make sure that the power of positive community is working for you as you strive to grow into all that God wants you to be.
Under His Mercy,
Journey Christian Church