A World War II colonel and his jeep driver were directed by a young soldier to take the left fork of the road they were speeding along. Several miles later, the driver sensed something was wrong.? He stopped the jeep and walked down the road about thirty feet, where he could see that the bridge ahead had been destroyed.? Nothing was left but a drop off into a deep ravine.? Furious, the colonel had the driver return to the soldier who had directed them.? When confronted, the young man responded, “I can’t understand it, sir. I?ve been sending traffic that way all night, and you?re the first one to complain!?
Who are you listening to these days?? Proverbs 13:20 says, “He who walks with wise men will be wise; but the companion of fools will suffer harm.” In other words, beware of following the advice of unwise friends.? Don?t be fooled?too much time with people lacking judgment can rub off on you?rarely does it work in reverse. Some of you are fortunate enough to work with godly associates of good judgment and character. Many more are entrenched in an office full of people who don’t share your values.? Sometimes you have to serve clients who use foul language, tell inappropriate jokes or display little or no regard for God.?
Eventually, we all find ourselves matched up with colleagues who push the envelope of ethical boundaries or possess a limited commitment to excellence. How do we handle these kinds of situations? First, acknowledge that God strategically places His people in environments where His light and influence are desperately needed.? This is a critical issue because we are called to actively demonstrate love toward every person we interact with. On the contrary, we are not called to build our deepest friendships with those who do not walk wisely or follow after God.?
What kind of traveling companions can we expect to walk through life with?? Not perfect people (they don’t exist!), but those who are teachable, willing to live a confessional life before others, and those intently listening for God’s voice.? Proverbs 19:20 says, “Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise.”? You may already have some great mentors and friends heading in the same direction you are?toward wisdom, toward the Lord. If not, consider how you will ever arrive where you want to go if your closest friends are headed the opposite way?
It is easy to err to one extreme or the other?either walking through life with companions who drag you down or taking a ?single file path??alone and isolated.? Both of those choices will leave you vulnerable and without advocates to rally round. Take the initiative to find traveling companions who are followers of Jesus, who understand the world we live in, and who will share its struggles and joys. Who can you listen to today?
Serving Him with you in the marketplace,