I have heard it said that you can tell a lot about a person by looking at the people they hold close to in their life. When you go through tough times in life you find out who your friends are, but you can also find out a lot about who you are by looking at who your friends are. In other words, we tend to hang out with people who we share commonalities with.
This morning tragic news broke of former New England Patriots tight end, Aaron Hernandez, being found dead after presumably hanging himself in his prison cell. The story of Aaron Hernandez is a tragic one because Hernandez was a very talented athlete that never reached his full potential because he wasn’t able to leave his past in the past. Hernandez wasn’t able to separate himself from his past and eventually it ended up destroying his future. It’s sad to see someone who had everything get it all taken away because they weren’t able to let go of the people and lifestyle in their past that were pulling them down.
The apostle Paul knew all about this. That is why he wrote “Bad company corrupts good character.” (1 Corinthians 15:33) You are the company you keep. If you want to be successful then surround yourself with successful people. If you want to get out of debt then surround yourself with people who are debt free. And the opposite holds true as well. The people you associate yourself with can either lift you up or tear you down.
So take a look around. Who are your friends? Are you surrounding yourself with the right people? Are they pointing you toward your future or are they pulling you back to your past? Are they positioning you toward who you want to become? Are they leading you toward where you want to be going? Choose your company wisely because ultimately they help you choose who you will become.