Why who you hang around with makes a difference

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Cartoon of two boys observing a dog. One boy says, “If he likes it that much, I think you should try it.”

Walk with the wise and become wise; associate with fools and get in trouble. Proverbs 13:20

When I was a kid, I had met some friends in our town park. One of the boys in the group claimed he had eaten dog food before and it was delicious. He encouraged all of us to join him at his house and have a feast Fido would be proud of.

All of us knew this kid liked to brag and we also knew he had a tendency to kid other kids to do outlandish things. Still, for a moment, all of us were hesitant to turn him down. Nobody wanted to look like a coward.

One person you hang around with can make all the difference in where your life will head. If you’re in school, do you hang around with people who will bring out the best in you, or the worse? If you’re in business, do you hang out with people that will inspire you to move up and succeed or do they prod you to gripe and procrastinate?

Whatever group you hang out with, you will begin to exhibit some of the same characteristics of that group. Be careful who you hang out with!

What to Do?

Illustration of man with shrugging expression

Don’t you wish life really was like any blog or article that spews advice? Lately, top ten lists have been all the rage. Someone touts, “Here are the top ten things you need to do to get your kids to become little angels!”

I love watching parents at their kids’ games. You’ll hear someone shout, “Kick the ball, Dylan!” I have to giggle and wonder if the kid is thinking, “Well if it was that easy, Mom, don’t you think I would’ve done it by now?” It’s easier for the advisor to advise than for the advisee to follow the advice.

It’s too easy to spout advice. I am very guilty of that. But I must remember each bit of advice I give has to be tempered with grace and mercy. It’s easy to give parenting advice when you don’t really have to deal with the kid. It is sanctimonious for me to lecture a parent on how to handle a hyper, ADHD child when neither of my kids showed those symptoms.

Yes, I’ve learned doing the right think is neither easy nor simple as spouting advice.

Open Mouth, Insert Foot

Cartoon of  a boy and a teacher. The boy says, “Everyone thinks I am wise until you call on me and I have to open my mouth!”
I based this cartoon on Proverbs 13:3.

Watching That Mouth

Cartoon of boy with his mouth taped and a girl

Cartoon of  a boy with tape on his mouth and a girl. The girl says, “I should try that. I have watching what I say too.” Continue reading “Watching That Mouth”

Judgment Call

Cartoon of a boy sitting in the corner

Cartoon of a boy in a time out chair. He says to his mom, “I have thought about my actions and realize my desire for instant gratification clouded my judgment.” Continue reading “Judgment Call”