So many wonderful people have come into my life. I was thinking back to the summers I spent as a child in Franklin, Tennessee and the memories I took away from that time. It was there I spent time with my grandmother, great aunts, and great uncles. I remember those times fondly and I remember the stories they told me. Those are great memories that will last the rest of my life.
Think about the family and friends who have impacted your life. Some came and went, others are still in your life today. Some friends make an impact for only a season, and as you both grow, you drift apart.
Another kind of friendship is the long term friend who we keep in touch with but only see infrequently because of life and distance. Yet, every time you get together it is like no time has passed. Think about how much they have added to your life over the years.
I was reading The New York Daily News on Saturday and a headline caught my eye. I read it and I realized that one of the people in my former life was taking a plea deal for some of the things he did back when I knew him. My first thought was, “I am so glad I no longer have anything to do with those people.” Then I got angry at myself for ever getting involved with that life.
It came to me then, that it was all part of my life. I had lessons to learn. I needed to be around that person’s cousin so that I would see the path I was on would only lead to a dead end. My being around them was a valuable lesson and without it I would not have the life I have today. I would not be the same person with experiences that I can use now. It’s not a waste, God can use my bad past for good.
Even a bad encounter in your life can be used for good.
The special people in our lives are important in forming our values and personalities. Enjoy the time spent with them and let them know how much you value them.
I have had those close to me pass away and today I no longer grieve their passing. I think about all the experiences I shared with them. I know I was lucky to have been able to have them in my life. Choosing our circle of friends carefully today is very important to our future.
The journey of life is long and there will be many who come and go. When we grow, we must know when it is time to let go. We can keep fighting it or make it easy. Remember, you never know when you might cross paths again along the way. I believe that when we encounter someone it is because God has a purpose for it in our lives at that time.
Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.
Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.
1 Corinthians 15:33
Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”