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The Bible states, “As a man thinks, so is he”. (Prov.23:7).  The mind is a sponge that absorbs what we see and hear.  The more we receive data that is polluted, the more likely we are to think on topics and ideas that are crass.  Like a living computer, our minds simply mediate on what we have stored there.

Because the mind directs our actions, the thoughts we have become deeds.  It stands to reason that the more prevalent a topic is in our thinking, the more likely we are to follow up on doing what our minds ponder.  Over time, not only are we pursuing those things that fill our conscious and leisurely thoughts, but we want to be around people that love the things we love.

That is just human nature.  People that love to worship are found seeking places to worship the LORD with others.  Folks that love crafts populate craft fairs.  Musicians are going to attend concerts. Conversely, those that love drinking alcohol frequent bars, gamblers love casino’s, and food junkie’s love junk food outlets.

In life, we are known by the company we keep.  Parents seek to be diligent to know who their child is befriending and vice versa.  A child’s mind is so pristine that any data lodges there quickly.  Adults take a little longer to build a bond with someone (at least on most occasions), but we do attract and are attracted to people that love what we love and dislike what we dislike. It is not difficult to know a person’s preferences when we know the person’s friends.

Friends either edify or bring us down.  A good friend is one that seeks to bring out the best and believe the best about that “friend” they love to engage often.  Friends share our lives and multiply our joys. Those that make us better by being around them are those that are treasures to be guarded in our lives.

My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.  Henry Ford. Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company.  George Washington. Never lie, steal, cheat, or drink. But if you must lie, lie in the arms of the one you love. If you must steal, steal away from bad company. If you must cheat, cheat death. And if you must drink, drink in the moments that take your breath away.  Will SmithNobody who ever gave his best regretted it.  George Halas.

One day a farmer grabbed his shot gun to shoot at a flock of pesky crows. Unfortunately, he didn’t see his sociable parrot that had joined the crows. After firing a few shots, he walked over to the fallen birds and was surprised to find his parrot badly ruffled with a broken wing. When the farmer’s children saw the injured bird, they asked, “Dad, what happened?” The farmer simply replied, “Bad company.” 

Scripture often warns us to avoid harmful influences. Regardless of our age or spiritual strength, over time, unwise influences will negatively affect our walk with the Lord. Satan is determined to pull us into sin and wreck our lives, and he often uses wrong influences to accomplish his goal. (Copied).