Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of December 2, 2012
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"Living as the Beloved: One Day at a Time," by the
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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
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
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 start.
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 friend. Amen.
Grace and peace,
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