Friday, Jan 23, 2009

The Right Crowd

When I was growing up, my parents taught me the importance of hanging around with the right crowd. While they wanted me to choose friends of good moral character, I now realize that “the right crowd” includes people who think the way God thinks. 

This broader definition of the right crowd results in some interesting observations. For example, the following people may not be the right crowd to hang around with: 

1) Worriers – These people always think the worst, expect the worst, and fear the worst. 

2) Pessimists – These people always look on the dark side of life and fail to see the beauty of it. 

3) Complainers – These people are never satisfied. They are ungrateful and bring a cloud when they enter a room. 

4) Accusers – These people are always blaming others for something or other. They are finger-pointers whose chief goal in life is to find fault with others. 

5) Victims – These people refuse to take responsibility for their actions. They act helpless and often become leeches of your time, your talent, and even your money. 

If you want to hang around the right crowd, avoid the above types. If you think you can change them, you can’t. But if you hang around them long enough, you will become one of them. 

Moral of story: Hang around the people you want to be like.

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8 thoughts on “The Right Crowd

  1. Proverbs says bad company corrupts good character. We do need to have people who encourage and stand by us. Writing is hard work and often disappointing. Thanks for being one of those people who cheers for me and points me to God, Mary Ann!

    January 23, 2009 at 9:34 AM

    • You are so welcome, dear Pam! I praise God that my words minister to you and point you to Christ. That is the desire of my heart.



      January 23, 2009 at 3:03 PM

  2. Hi Mary Ann –

    Excellent post! I also want to be around those who are further along this writing journey. I need to be stretched and challenged to move up to the next level. That’s not an easy process, but I welcome it.


    January 23, 2009 at 11:34 AM

  3. This is so true. Great post. The company around us can rub off on us. That’s why it is so hard to work in an atmosphere most every day of your life where you have to deal with people who aren’t good for you.

    January 24, 2009 at 12:23 AM

    • Thank you for your post, Jennifer. You are right. Working in an “unholy” environment leaves a residue on our spirits. How wonderful that we can be continually washed with the life-giving water of the Word (Ephesians 5:26)!



      January 30, 2009 at 11:32 AM

    • Thank you for your post, Alia. Yes, with God, all things are possible.

      May He draw you to Himself and give you revelation knowledge of His deep love for you.



      January 30, 2009 at 11:35 AM