As I sit here in Wisconsin about to get the day started, I can’t help but think about the people I’m with. Garret has been a friend since 2000 when he came to my church on a summer intern trip. Garret and I worked and lived together in Florida. If you’ve been in my office and seen my 300 shield, that’s from Garret.
I’m a fighter. I always have been. Not so much physically, although I’m not opposed to smacking someone in the mouth. I’m used to persevering through hard times and craziness.
As I look back at my life, I’ve noticed a common denominator. No matter what i went through in life, i was always surrounded by great people that helped me fight thru that season.
I left my job recently. When the decision was made to leave, i sent a text message to 10 close friends. In the 5 minutes after that text went out i had received 15 text messages and 4 phone calls. They were offering words of encouragement, places to stay and new jobs. I’m surrounded by great people.
I have some of the realest friends on the planet.
Jeanne always says show me your friends and i’ll show you your future. Who are you surrounded by? Do you have great friends or are you surrounded by whack people? Do the people around you strengthen and encourage you or are they just there? Do they tell you what you need to hear no matter how rough or do they just smile in your face and nod when you are out of line? Evaluate the people around you and where they are going and make adjustments to your friend circle.
In the movie 300, leonidas wouldnt take the hunchback as a warrior because he couldnt handle the sheild and therefore couldn’t provide protection for the man beside him.
Hmmmmmm…. If the people around you don’t make you stronger and don’t provide protection in battle, refuse to go into battle with them!! They will only disappoint you and let you down in the midst of battle. Don’t believe me? Do what you want. It’s your life.
You dont have to like the truth.
Who is the one good friend that will look you in the face and tell you the direction you are going is wrong?
In my life, i have many. Ryan, Garret, Danny, White Ryan, Jonathan, Cory, Bronson, Tavares, and Dan just to name a few.
If you can’t think of the last time one of your friends called you out or made you better, you need to make a change in friends. I’m just saying….