People are contagious


Joshua 24:1-33 
Luke 21:1-28 
Psalm 89:38-52 
Proverbs 13:20-23 


Proverbs 13:20 (CSB) “The one who walks with the wise will become wise, but a companion of fools will suffer harm.”


People are contagious. We tend to give people what we’ve got and we get what those around us have.

… and I’m not even talking about sickness. I’m talking about attitude. I’m talking about perspective. I’m talking about discipline, motivation, and so many other things.

If we spend a significant amount of time around someone who has stinkin’ thinkin’, we risk developing that kind of thinking. However, if we get around people who are full of hope and optimism, that mindset will tend to rub off on us.

This principle applies with just about any attribute someone has. Stay around them long enough and it will start to rub off on you. And your attributes will rub off on them.

It’s no surprise that Solomon recognized this principle almost 3,000 years ago. 

If we spend significant amounts of time with people who are saturated with wisdom, we will begin to develop a depth to our own knowledge and it’s application. 

On the other hand, if we hang around fools, we’ll start becoming like them … and experience the consequences.

Proverbs 13:20 (CSB) “The one who walks with the wise will become wise, but a companion of fools will suffer harm.”

So, who are you hanging around? As you look at the people you spend most of your time with, would you say that they are what you want to become like? If not, pray about being the positive, Christ-like influencer in those relationships but look for other relationships with people that have traits that you want to develop.

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I have an incredible wife that God gave to me on May 10, 1997. Since then, the Lord has blessed us with three wonderful boys. I am also the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Polk City, Florida.

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