Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of December 2, 2007
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of December 2, 2007
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Choose your companions carefully
"Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the
companion of fools suffers harm."
Many scripture readers overlook the book of Proverbs
to their detriment. These pithy Middle Eastern
sayings of wisdom are refreshingly timeless. It
does not matter if we are gay or straight, young
or old, male or female. There is something for
everyone in the wisdom of these teachings.
Today's proverb reminds us friends have great
influence in our lives. We must choose our
companions carefully. If we walk with the wise,
we will become wise. Fools on the other hand,
will eventually come to harm.
What is a fool? Fools are people who have little
to no judgment or common sense. Perhaps they act
in rash and reckless ways, without good sense or
wisdom. A fool's paradise is always a deceptive
happiness based on illusions.
We jokingly speak of God watching over children
and fools. But if our companions are foolish,
sooner or later, they will bring us to harm
through their irresponsible behavior and life
choices. Actions have consequences. Only
fools go where the prudent and intelligent
fear to tread.
I remember one family whose youngest child drifted
into the influence of foolish friends. Through the
friends' foolish peer influence, their son dropped
out of high school and became involved with drugs
and alcohol. Before he knew it, the impressionable
teenager was selling drugs to support his growing
drug and alcohol addiction. Many of his friends
stole from their own parents to support their drug
habits. As a drug dealer, this young man hanged
out with a rough crowd and thought he was invincible.
Reality eventually caught up with him. He was beaten
and left for dead in a drug deal that went badly.
His life went downhill from there. By his thirties,
he was sleeping on a couch in a gas station. His
foolish friends were always ready to party, but
none encouraged him to face his problems and turn
his life around.
Through God's grace, he met someone who saw his
potential even when he hit rock bottom. With this
person's encouragement and friendship, he now has
a job, makes an honest wage, owns a modest home,
has a lover and a bright drug-free future.
I had a memorable conversation with him on his
fortieth birthday. By this time, the majority of
his former friends were either in prison or dead.
He felt lucky to be alive and regretted those
wasted years. He now chooses his friends with
great care and strives to make every day a fresh
Many people come to misfortune and grief through
foolish friends. They care not for your welfare
or best interests. Their thoughtless risk-taking
can bring you into harm's way. So choose your
friends with care. Search for wise friends with
good judgment, understanding, and prudence. Do
not suffer fools gladly.
God, I thank you for the wisdom and caring of good
friends who care deeply for my welfare. Help me
reciprocate and be a wise, caring, and encouraging
Grace and peace,
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