The people with whom President-elect Trump chooses to surround himself will tell the world a lot about him, his beliefs, his goals, his priorities, and the direction he would like to take the country. Because of this, the nation and the world are scrutinizing and dissecting his choices, for these people will help him make crucial decisions and policies. These people will have some power in shaping how the US is seen in the world, how it interacts with other countries, and how it values its citizens. This is serious business.
Likewise, our lives are full of changes and transitions (high school to college, college to the workforce, marriage to singleness, financial stability to loss, friendship to loneliness, full health to illness—or vice versa for any of these—as well as lifestyle and belief changes). During our times of transition, whether we realize it or not, we too are picking a transition team. We decide on who we will bring into our inner circle to help us clarify thoughts and make decisions. And this too is serious business.
There is an unattributed quote that says, “You become like the 5 people you spend the most time with. Choose carefully.” Hmmmm. The Bible reinforces this thought when it says, “The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray” (Proverbs 12:26), and again in Proverbs 13:20 when it says, “Walk with the wise and become wise; associate with fools and get in trouble.” Then Proverbs 27:17 reminds us that “As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.”
There are a lot of voices in the world, all clamoring to get our attention, and Satan has both the loudest and softest of all, for he not only shouts apparent justice and truth from the steps of the Supreme Court, but he will also whisper uncertainties and lies into our ears.
On his website, Philip Kosloski reminds us of three ways to know if the voice we are hearing is of Satan or God. It is from Satan if 1) It contradicts God’s commandments, 2) It creates anxiety rather than peace, and 3) It accuses us and brings us down, rather than reminding us that God values us and sees our worth.
As you go through life, choose carefully those people whom you pull close to you, for they have the power to uplift or destroy you.