Post by Chris Brooks on July 13th, 2011
Unless you are a hermit, you have to deal with people on a regular basis. Some people, you want to do life with. Others can be extra-difficult to deal with and you avoid at all costs (you know…. that one guy).
One of my favorite books of the Bible is Proverbs. It is absolutely chocked full of great wisdom that really helps me out in my day to day life. The Bible is full of practical, applicable-to-our-lives advice and information.
The verses that follow have to do with choosing your friends wisely. Check it out:
Make no friendship with a man given to anger,
nor go with a wrathful man,
lest you learn his ways
and entangle yourself in a snare.
Proverbs 22: 24-25 ESV
You will become like the people that you spend the most time with. We, as humans, are easily influenced. People rub off on people- for good or bad. These particular verses highlight the importance of staying away from angry people.
Last week, I took my wife and son out for dinner. As we were pulling out of our parking spot to leave the restaurant, another car came around the corner into the aisle that we were parked in. I continued to back out, as they came to a complete spot. As I was backing out, I saw something out of the corner of my eye. It was a soda cup from a gas station flying toward my car. Thankfully, it landed short, thereby not forcing me to get a car wash. After the soda cup hit the ground, I looked toward the fellow that threw it. He was a passenger in the car that I thought was waiting for me. Apparently, they didn’t want to wait. I gave him a thumbs up and a smile. He returned with a one-finger salute back to me and I could see by the movement of his lips and the angry look on his face that he was not pleased with me. Really? Someone pulling out of a parking spot caused you that much anger and frustration??? Really?
“You can tell the size of a man by the size of the thing that makes him angry” -author unknown.
I didn’t want to make friends with the pop-throwing, obscenity-mouthing, nasty-gesture-making guy.
And for good reason- Proverbs says that if I started to hang out with him, I’d become like him, and eventually it would come back and bite me.
I hope the story today was a bit entertaining, and that it helped you to realize a couple of things: 1) Choose your friends wisely, and 2) Read your Bible- you will become wiser.