Choose Your Friends Wisely

Choose Your Friends Wisely

Dan was a popular student in school; his parents gave him all that money could buy. At  age 16,  though illegal, he had  access   to  his  father’s  cars –   his  huge physique making up perfectly for his age.

He was the sweetheart of all the girls at school, as he would buy them lunch and snacks during break time, and drive them out on weekends. He  was always in the company of  friends, chatting, laughing and swearing.

Charles,  his  classmate  and friend secretly  envied his  freedom. Although his parents were nancially  buoyant, they were too strict. You can’t even breathe around them, he muttered to himself.

On weekends, Dan would drive his friends to the clubhouse where they would drink, smoke and have fun with girls. Dressed in saggy trousers  and designer  T-shirts  with  fashionable  jewellery,  they would  also brag about their adventurous   escapades with  girls while teasing one another.

Dan and his friends had passed by Charles house the week before to ask him out to have fun, Charles mum asked them where they were going and when they would be back. They tried to lie, but she was able to read through their lies. She told them politely that Charles would not follow them and advised them to appreciate the fact that there was time for everything. She also admonished them to sit up and prepare for their forthcoming school exams.

Charles was furious that he was not allowed to go and socialise with his friends. He had been told that he could not drive until he was 18, and he was not allowed to go to the club either. “You are a child of God; you can’t afford to walk in the way of sinners. Have you not read in the very rst Psalm, “How happy is the man who does not follow the advice of the wicked, or take the path of sinners, or join a group of mockers! Instead, his delight is in the Lord’s instruction, and he meditates on it day and night. He is like a tree planted beside streams of water that bears its fruit in season?” (Psalm 1:1-3b – HCSB). His mum questioned.

“Mum but you are only young once, this is our time to enjoy. My friends keep teasing that I am mummy’s boy.” Charles retorted.

“The   kind  of   ‘fun’  your  friends are  engaged in  is  high-risk behaviour and could be disastrous. You  have to be careful about the friends you choose.” Do not be deceived: Bad Company ruins good morals” (1   Cor.  15:33   –   HCSB).  There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under the heavens (Eccl 3:1 – NIV). Now  is the time for learning and acquiring skills for the future.” His mother chided. “Dan’s parents are too busy to spend quality time with  him  or monitor his activities, so they compensate him with material rewards. You  should be thankful you have parents who can guide you aright.”

When  Charles got to  school on  Monday,  the atmosphere  was tense; the school principal unusually had an announcement  to make to the assembly.  There had been a car accident involving some students. Dan and his friends were drunk at an outing at the Town Side Club. While returning home late in the night, their car fell into a ditch leaving all of them seriously injured and battling for their lives in hospital.

Charles was stunned; he would have been one of the victims if it wasn’t for his mother’s sensitivity, vigilance and intervention. He felt deeply sorry for his friends. It nally dawned on him that his choice of friends and an uncontrolled life could ruin his destiny. By   close of  school that day,  news ltered in  that Fanny,  the cheerleader and Dan’s  girlfriend, had died and Dan had his right leg amputated. It was then that Charles, confused and sober as he could be, remembered the admonishing of his parents “My son, if sinners entice you, Do not consent” (Prov. 1:10).

You   may   be  keeping company  with   bad  friends   who   have

introduced you  to  sex,  alcohol,  gambling,  pornography,   wild

parties,   cyber  fraud  and  the  like.   All  these   lead  to  eternal

destruction. Why not give your life to Christ to inherit eternal life? Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Cor. 6:1-2).

If  you  desire  to receive Jesus Christ as your Saviour,  pray this prayer:    Dear Lord  Jesus I accept that I am a sinner, I believe that you died for me to cleanse me. Please forgive me all my sins. Live in me and direct my  path. I  dedicate  my  life to you  today and forever. Amen.”

If  you prayed the above prayer,  start worshipping with a Bible- believing church, if you are a student, be a part of the Scripture Union or other such fellowship. Read your Bible daily and always communicate with your heavenly father through prayers.

God bless you and keep you. Amen.

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