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Project Proverbs 365: Friends Matter

Welcome to Proverbs 365! This blogging project is my attempt to read one chapter of Proverbs daily and then share a piece of wisdom or lesson learned from within that daily chapter. Proverbs are God’s version of daily Best Practices: they help us through good times and bad. When life becomes stressful, Proverbs are there to help us make better choices. Feel free to join me in Proverbs 365–either on your blog or by leaving your daily Proverbs lesson in the comments below!

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Proverbs 13

Proverbs 13:20 (MSG)
Become wise by walking with the wise; hang out with fools and watch your life fall to pieces.

Who you hang out with makes a HUGE difference in your life. We often think that we can hang out with our worst influences and not be, well, influenced. But it isn’t possible. We are influenced by those around us every single day.

We tend to judge our behaviors, our reasonings, our lifestyles by those of the people around us. If everyone around you has a larger home, chances are good you want one. If the people around you smoke, chances are good you will too. It goes on and on. But if you want to learn to be a better golfer, do you spend your time at the racetrack? Playing video games with friends? No! You go and find friends who enjoy golf and play more golf with them!

The same is true of wisdom and discernment. If you want more wisdom in your life, then you need to be intentional in spending more time with wise people. If there is a God-skill or God-gift that you want more of, go hang out with people who already have it and are using it to bless God’s kingdom. You’ll get to learn and grow with a group of people who have what you’re trying to develop. It also means you’ll be a whole lot less likely to walk the other direction!

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