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Are You a Fool?
Become wise by walking with the wise; hang out with fools and watch your life fall to pieces. ~Proverbs 13:20 (MSG)
As I read this verse, I had to chuckle. I don’t believe there is anyone of us that would like to be or would choose to be called a fool. But, how often do we unconsciously choose to do so?
This verse confirms for us what our parents always told us as we were growing up – that those that we “hung out with” would influence us, either for our benefit or our detriment. Unfortunately, most of the time when we were hearing this, it was not because we were spending time with wise people. And, all too often, we discovered that when we were around people who were not wise, our lives did indeed “fall apart.”
While we might think that we have grown beyond this verse as adults, as nonprofit or ministry leaders, we haven’t. The verse still applies to our lives. Think about;
Where do you get your information and resources?
Who do you go to for advice?
What are you reading and putting into your mind?
Who do you spend recreational time with?