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A Call from the Past
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It was a Tuesday in April, around 9 p.m., when I received a phone call from an unknown number. I was driving back home after playing basketball at the church’s facilities. Not knowing who it was I decided not to answer the phone call hoping that whoever it was would leave a message. Sure enough, a voicemail message appeared on my cell phone. It was an old friend of mine. A friend from college days. I had not heard from him in at least 10 years. In the last 20 years I’d seen him only once and it was for less than two hours. Now, he was calling to let me know that he was going to be in Orlando during the summer.

Instead of returning his phone call right away, my mind went back, way back to the time in which we were roommates. I started to re-live some funny moments and some not so funny incidents. While that old video was playing in my head, I realized that some of the things I did then, I most definitely would not do today. Then I vividly heard the old line my parents used to say: “Tell me who you’re hanging out with, and I will tell you who you are.” 

Are there people or activities in your life that you know you need to separate yourself from? Bad company will corrupt good morals. God wants us to constantly grow in Him. In 2 Timothy 2:21 and 22, God encourages us to separate ourselves from corrupting influences. 

Not a Good Influence

Please, don’t get me wrong. I am not saying that my friend was bad. I just realized that when we were young we didn't think about the consequences of our actions. I’m sure we both could say the same thing about each other: “he was not a good influence in my life”.
Many other things can influence your thinking, too. Be careful about what you are allowing into your mind. Be careful about what you read and what you watch. Don’t give your attention to things that are going to drag you down. Remember, God wants you to live an abundant life. He wants you to reflect Him so that He can work through you and fulfill His purposes in your life.

I surround myself with people who help me grow in my Christian walk--people who help me reach my God-given potential; people who lift me up. As I allow Him, God will work in and through me so I will become a blessing. I want to live as an overcomer.

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