Decisions, decisions, decisions. Sometimes they are small. What should we have for dinner? Sometimes they are big. Buy that new car or wait. Sometimes they are clear. Sometimes they are not.
The one thing that is for sure; our decisions do not just affect ourselves. Our spouses, our kids, our co-workers, friends and neighborhoods all receive either benefit or hurt based on the decisions we make each and every day and you are affected by the decisions that others make every day as well. Is there a way that we can help to influence each other for good in these decisions, not just for their sake, but for our own?
Hebrews 3:13 says “But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.”
We need each other! I need my friends to encourage me daily and my friends need me. Encouragement to follow God’s way and make decisions that are pleasing to Him and not to my flesh.
This is another reason why we need to find our place in the Body of Christ. We need to be encouraged daily so that in the choices we are making daily we don’t fall into deceitfulness. We need to be encouraged so that we don’t fall into the pit of lying to ourselves (I mean, who can better pull one over on us than ourselves? Maybe you don’t have this problem, but sometimes there are conversations in my head that go something like this, “It’s ok. You deserve it. Don’t be so hard on yourself!” Now if that isn’t deceiving myself, what is?!)
I need accountability; true friends who will call it what it is because of the love they have for me and because of the love they have for the One I represent. Friends who fear God more than they fear me.
Do you have this type of a friend who can truly help you in making the right decisions? Not just good decisions, but godly decisions? If so, how did you go about creating a friendship like this and what are the things you value most in her?