The less you associate with some people, the more your life will improve. Any time you tolerate mediocrity in others, it increases your mediocrity.
An important attribute in successful people is their impatience with negative thinking and negative acting people. As you grow, your associates will change. Some of your friends will not want you to go on. They will want you to stay where they are.
Friends that don't help you climb will want you to crawl. Your friends will stretch your vision or choke your dream. Those that don't increase you will eventually decrease you. God forbid!
Never receive counsel from unproductive people. Ps 1:1 Never discuss your problems with someone incapable of contributing to the solution, because those who never succeed themselves are always first to tell you how.
Not everyone has a right to speak into your life. Amen! You are certain to get the worst of the bargain when you exchange ideas with the wrong person. Don't follow anyone who's not going anywhere. If they are "blind", then how can they lead YOU?
With some people you spend an evening. With others you invest it and spend a lifetime. Be careful where you stop to inquire for directions along the road of life. Wise is the person who fortifies his life with the right friendships. If you run with wolves, you will learn how to howl. But, if you associate with eagles, you will learn how to soar to great heights.
"A mirror reflects a person's face, but what that person is really like, is shown by the kind of friends that person chooses." The simple but true fact of life is that you become like those with whom you closely associate - for the good and bad.
Note: Be not mistaken. This is applicable to family as well as friends. Love and appreciate both. Be thankful for your family, for they will always be your family no matter what. Just know that they are human first. And though they are family to you, they may be a better friend to someone else and will fit somewhere in the criteria above.
"In Prosperity Our Friends Know Us. In Adversity We Know Our Friends"
"Never make someone a priority when you are only an option for them."
"If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you
develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an
exception, it is a prevailing attitude.” COLIN POWELL
Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather
expose them. For it is shameful even to mention what the
disobedient do in secret. But everything exposed by the light
becomes visible, for it is light that makes everything visible. This is
why it is said: "Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead, and
Messiah will shine on you." (Ephesians 5:11-14)
Have a blessed week everyone!
Pastor Doris G. Deckard
- Pastor Deckard
- Dallas, Texas, United States
- Pastor Deckard is a native Texan and lives in Dallas with her family. She preached her first sermon in 2004 and was ordained in 2008. Pastor Deckard has continued to preach and teach at Church of the Solid Rock. She has made her life all about service and participated in many workshops and seminars, from parenting symposiums to diversity conferences along with speaking engagements. Pastor Deckard has traveled locally and internationally, preaching and singing for the Lord. She is a Partnered Ally with the University of North Texas Equality and Diversity Programs and received many awards for her various community-outreach programs and volunteer services. One ministry very close to her heart is Sand Branch. As a Preacher of the Gospel, Pastor Deckard desires to introduce more souls to Christ as she encourages others to focus more on spirituality and their relationship with the Lord. Pastor Deckard founded D. G. Deckard Ministries in 2007, a 501c3 Christian organization. She is also the founder and Pastor of Church the Solid Rock, Dallas TX; a place of worship, acceptance and spiritual growth.
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