“Blessed are those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers.” ~Psalm 1:1
Recipe for disaster: bad counsel, bad influence, bad behavior.
Consider the source. Is the fruit in their life juicy or rotten? Are they making wise decisions? Do they walk their talk and is their talk worth the walk?
Bad Influence: You heard the saying, “Tell me who your friends are and I’ll tell you what type of person you are.”
Remember, we’re visual and we tend to gather with like-minded people. When we see others with people, it is very natural to assume that they are more like-minded than not.
In explaining this to our children, we did a couple of tests.
If you are standing on a chair, what’s easier? Pulling someone up to your level or being pulled down to theirs?
Result: It was much easier to pull someone down; the force is stronger than pulling someone up (unless you are a body builder).
If you put a good fruit in a paper bag with a somewhat rotten fruit & close it up, will the bad fruit turn good or the good fruit turn bad?
Choose who you hang around with for long periods of time wisely. Look for the juicy fruit.
Are your influences making you a better person or are they making you more rotten?
We all have rotten fruit in our lives, it’s our daily battle, but are we more rotten than juicy?
- Zing: An interjection commonly used after making a witty joke at someone else’s expense while they are present.
In the end, mockers are viewed as those you can’t trust; those you don’t jump at the chance to share your personal stuff with for fear they’ll mock you. Fear that they’ll throw it back at you; and cause you to be tainted. They’ll be labeled the mocker.
Some Gardener’s Tips: Pull the roots of rotten fruit. Plant the seeds of juicy fruit. Wait for the harvest of blessing!
Your friend & sister,