Charlie “Tremendous” Jones for years said, “In five years, you will be exactly where you are now except for the books you read and the friends you keep.” So, what kind of friends are you hanging around with? Make sure they are good for you.
In the TV mini-series “Lonesome Dove,” Jake Spoon is a Texas Ranger. But Jake begins to ride with some guys who are murderers and horse thieves Jake doesn’t agree with what they are doing but he’s too scared to leave them so, he continues to ride with them.
His Texas Ranger friends Woodrow Call and Gus McRae find him and his friends and are going to hang them for killing people. Jake appeals to them to let him off… after all… he didn’t agree with the killings.. he just put up with them because he was too scared to leave. Then, Gus says, “You know how it is, Jake; you ride with an outlaw you die like an outlaw. I’m sorry you crossed the line.”
Jake responds, “I didn’t see no line, Gus.”
Lots of people are like Jake… they don’t see a line until it’s too late Are you walking dangerously close to the line? Are you associating with some people you don’t need to be running with? Some girl may be dating a boy that she doesn’t need to be dating. She may be telling her parents that she is going to change the boy. Her intentions may be good but based on past experience, it’s not likely to happen.
Some adult may be so hungry for friends they are running with some people that are dragging them down. Be careful… you don’t need friends that are going to have a bad influence on you.
Like Jake Spoon.. we can begin running with the wrong people if we aren’t careful. Be careful and don’t cross the line.
–Gregg Potts, via Facebook
A Good Truth For Preaching: When you shoot an arrow of truth, dip its point in honey.
The dean of the chapel at Hope College in Holland, Michigan, Pastor Ben Patterson, reflects about changes in his life. He says, “Once the temptation was to push through with bluster and determination. Now it is to hold back, hold on, and play it safe. I don’t like that. I want to live the rest of my days as Karl Barth urged. He said life is like a river approaching the falls. Can the river hold back? Of course not! The time now in my life is not for small measures, but for abandon. Forgive me, Father, for thinking otherwise.”
So why the struggle? Pastor Patterson admits his real fear isn’t about himself, but about his Father in heaven. “Will he provide what I need for a whole new challenge — now, at this time in my life? Whether I fight against age, or sin or weakness. I’m not worried about the waterfall, but the brook running dry.”
— John Huizinga, at http://www.crcna.org/resources/church-resources/reading-sermons/have-faith-depend-god