Matthew 5:1-20; Exodus 28:1-29:46; Proverbs 13
One of the difficulties parents of middle school children face is that their children try out new things and stretch the boundaries. They have more freedom as they change classes. There are new people as the leave the environment of their neighborhood school. Sometimes the kids make bad choices of friends and their actions show it. I don’t know how many times I’ve heard parents say something like, “My kid would never do that!” Who they choose for friends becomes life changing for some. “Walk with wise people and become wise; befriend fools and get in trouble.” (Proverbs 13:20) The same holds true for all of us. Choosing the right friends make a difference, as does choosing the wrong friends. If your friends are the kind of people who always say things like, “Hey! Y’all watch this!” you may be headed for trouble. The guidance from Proverbs is really simple: choose your friends wisely because you will become like them. Sayings about the friends you choose and how they affect you abound in almost every culture. We are to be salt and light to our world (Matthew 5:13-16) but we will lose our saltiness if our witness is tainted by hanging around with fools. Kids do need to choose their friends wisely, but they learn how to choose their friends by watching us.
Lord, remind me that I need friends who are people that love You. That will give me the inner strength to be salt and light when I am around people who need to learn to love You.