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Daily Verse: “Leave the presence of a fool, for there you do not meet words of knowledge.” Prov. 14:7
Not every relationship benefits us. People unwilling to learn and grow, not accepting responsibility for their actions, cause harm to those around them. As much as we may love them, we must protect ourselves from their escapades, or we will fall into the pit with them.
Years ago, an unsuspecting friend dragged Ron and me into their scheme. We took their words at face value, thinking them trustworthy. Hindsight tells me I should have known better, having experienced other incidences of foolishness because of them. But I trusted, hoping for a different outcome, sorely disappointed when fooled again.
Finally, we learned our lesson and distanced ourselves from the relationship, knowing that we couldn’t trust their schemes unless this person made different choices. In the years since the poor decisions continue to pile up, but we no longer experience the adverse outcomes, loving and praying for them from a distance. Accepting the truth about people and our lack of control over their choices challenges anyone. But God gives us free will to live our lives however we want. We don’t have to let their decisions affect our lives.
Lord, forgive us for our foolish ways. Help us discern which path we should take and whom we should trust. Lead us on our journey, helping us to make wise decisions and develop healthy relationships. Let us become more like Jesus with each that passes. IJNIP. Amen