Yesterday I enjoyed a delicious lunch with a wonderful group of godly women. Although only a few of them are my close friends, I admire them all and look forward to our infrequent lunches because the conversation always refreshes me spiritually. In contrast, I remember another meal years ago with a friend and her friends where the discussion focused on the material and the physical. When I left, I was struck with the thought that much time with them would likely leave me feeling bad about my looks, my clothing, or my finances—or maybe all three.
My choice of companions has made a huge difference in the person I am today. “As iron sharpens iron, so a person sharpens his friend” (Prov. 27:17). Do your friends sharpen or dull you to the things of God?