“Don’t be fooled; “bad company corrupts good character.”
1 Corinthians 15:33
Who’s Influencing Your Decisions?
We live in a culture where there are a lot of bad influences. People pulling and tugging at us. Often times encouraging us or leading us into bad environments, gossiping conversations, cheating on taxes, lying to get what you want or the lure of self-gratifying social media. The list can be endless.
In reality, being influenced by bad company actually starts at an early age and progresses.
Grammar school: “Hey lets sneak into the teachers room and take some candy on her desk; no one will see us.”
High school: “C’mon, don’t be boring. The party will be a blast. There will be a lot of girls and free alcohol.”
College: “Hey let’s skip class today and go get pizza and beer; we can hang out at my apartment for the day.”
Married adults: “Let’s meet after work and go out to this new cool bar. Just tell your spouse you had to work late.”
Elderly adults: “Relax, enjoy your retirement, you don’t need to lead or serve in church any more. You’ve been there and done that already.”
You can count on it! The people you chose to do life with and surround yourself with will determine the quality and direction of your life – for the good or bad.
The Apostle Paul clearly warns us in the verse above, “Bad company corrupts good character.” Yes, the allure of the world will never stop tugging at you.
People who at one time displayed strong Godly morals and values begin surrounding themselves with “bad company” and a slow fade begins to take place in their character and conduct. What they once stood strong against, now they justify and partake in.
Remember: The pain of discipline is always less than the pain of regret.
Stay accountable. Keep yourself surrounded with Godly people who will give you loving accountability by telling you what you need to hear, not what you want to hear. Flee, run away from toxic people who want to lead you into unhealthy environments or decisions where evil exists.
Say no to some good things, or even fun things – so you can say YES to the best things God has planned for your life.
Indeed “Bad company corrupts good character.” Be the difference!
Be Worth Being,
Kevin Burrell has worked in professional baseball as both a player and MLB scout for the past 38 years, and currently serves as an area scouting supervisor. Kevin was drafted in the 1st round of the 1981 free agent amateur draft (25th selection overall), and played ten years of professional baseball with four different organizations. He and his wife, Valerie, live in Sharpsburg, Ga.
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