Avoid or Embrace?

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Often we avoid, disregard, and even mock and ridicule the people, values, tools, and environments that can help us to really live productive and fulfilling lives that influence not only our own lives, but also the culture in a positive manner, and instead, give more time, respect, applause, and even support to the people, values, and environments that lead to supporting low moral standards and selfishness.

Perhaps all of us would be a lot better off to ask ourselves a few questions? Is my connection to or involvement with this person, this activity, this group, challenging, inspiring, and equipping me to live my life to the fullest and for a higher purpose and calling?  Am I frequently compromising my heart felt convictions through my connection to or involvement with this person, this activity, this group?   If I love the Lord and desire to follow Christ on a daily basis, is my connection to this relationship, activity, or group, helping me to draw closer to God or pulling me further away from God.  Basically, it comes down to who and/or what do I need to avoid and who and/or what do I need to embrace?
Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.” 1 Corinthians 15:33
Don’t follow the ways of the wicked; don’t do what evil people do.  Avoid their ways, and don’t follow them.  Stay away from them and keep on going…Proverbs 4:14-15
Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own.  Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; He’s the One who will keep you on track.  Don’t assume you know it all.  Run to God! Run away from evil!  Proverbs 3:5-6 (The Message)
You wisely and tenderly lead me, and then you bless me.  Psalm 73:24 (The Message)
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