Everyone is walking in tableau toward the club, or even Target like the Beatles' Abbey Road album cover or the Avengers heading into the city. You see the #SquadGoals
in the caption. Everyone in the picture looks amazing and like they are such good friends, but what is the real story? Have you done a friendship inventory? Is your friendship circle one that will raise you up or pull you down?
I once heard a sermon about how Jesus only took Peter, James, and John with Him to pray high up in the mountains (Matthew 17). The preacher said that Jesus did not take all the disciples for a reason. Peter, James, and John were the chosen few who Jesus could trust with what was about to happen on the mountain. Moses and the prophet Elijah had appeared before them and began speaking to Jesus. Moses and Elijah had died long ago. After the pair disappeared, Jesus instructed the three disciples not to tell anyone what they had seen until He is raised from the dead.
While Jesus loved all His disciples and each had a purpose, Peter, James, and John were the ones who could handle where He was going. The preacher I heard speak used the analogy about how the higher the altitude, the thinner the air. You must have a strong lung capacity to breathe such thin air. The preacher said it was the same with friendships. Can your friends handle the altitude to which God is taking you? The question may make you feel uncomfortable. You love your friends and they have been with you all these years, which is awesome. However, we all must ask ourselves where do we want to go in life and can the people we have around us handle it.
The old saying goes that we are who we hang out with. Proverbs 13:20 cautions, "Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm." You have to surround yourself with friends who have vision and believe with you for your dreams, goals, and aspirations... *Read the rest at the link in bio!
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