Tuesday, January 06, 2015

This week's lesson (January 3-9): from ears to feet

Don't be misled: "bad company corrupts good character." -- I Corinthians 15:33, NIV.
Proverbs is a very crowded book.

There's Lady Wisdom, of course -- and the Evil Companions. The Loose Woman. The Concerned Parent. The Good Wife. The King. And the Fool (who appears in various roles as The Drunkard, the Sluggard, and The Know-It-All-Who-Doesn't).

That's because:
  • We don't make our decisions in a vacuum.
  • And if the Church (and our families) stopped nagging us about the way we behave, then we would not be suddenly and magically free to make decisions on our own.
No, we are shaped by the people around us; we are influenced (both intentionally and otherwise) by friends, family, and the nice people on that TV show we watch every Thursday night.
That's why peer pressure is so powerful.
That's why it influences everything from the way you vote to your chances of obesity.
And that's why Proverbs talks so much about the people in our lives -- about the people with whom we choose to hang out.
You see, if you want to know what you'll be like tomorrow . . .
Then look at crowd you're with today.

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