Words from the Heart for Thursday October 12th, 2017
Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools suffers harm.
Proverbs 13:20 (NRSV)
Walking with the Wise
Who do you surround yourself with? Whose voice finds its way to your ear? Whose example do you seek to follow? The company we keep really does influence our life and choices. Ask the Lord to bring those into your life who will be faithful followers of the Lord. Surround yourself with people of faith that know the Lord and walk in His ways. And, be that person for someone else, too.
According to the Canadian Real Estate website, home ownership is a wise choice for Canadians. Canada’s Home Buyers’ Plan enables you to withdraw up to $25,000 in a calendar year from your registered retirement savings plans to buy or build a qualifying home for yourself or a related person with a disability. The website says “renters would be wise to figure out how much more a mortgage payment would be than rent and put the difference in a tax-free savings account to use toward a down payment.”
If you are going to make a good decision, look for good people who give wise advice. My parents often warned me when I was growing up to make wise choices in who my friends were. Fortunately their warnings paid off and I consistently made good choices about the friends I spent my time with. No matter what age we are, we are going to face peer pressure. We are called to be sure that the pressure our peers put on us will be godly and will draw us closer to Christ. King Solomon gave that same counsel in Proverbs 13:20: “Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools suffers harm.” What kind of counsel are you getting from those with whom you “walk?” Are those that you are listening to giving Biblical advice, that is helping you deepen in your walk with the Lord? If not, Solomon would warn you that you face suffering harm. I can’t believe that anyone would want that. There is another side to this. Someone wisely said to me “you are somebody’s peer. How is your pressure?” Good question.
These have been words from the heart.