Friday, February 20, 2009

Wandering and Pondering

So, last night I had some significant time to wander and ponder....a dangerous combination...

I spent some time surfing the net, checking out links of people who are somehow important to other people and I read some interesting stuff and some not-so-interesting stuff - not to me anyhow. What was interesting was how quickly the connections from one person to the next led to...let's say...undesirable content. Not necessarily just porn or "anger pages", but also into a focus of existence that is dark and simply Godless.

It was somewhat surprising, but totally reasonable when you think about it.

It got me to thinking about how success/leadership advice often suggests that you should surround yourself with successful people or people you want to be like because the people that you do interact with regularly will have a definite and powerful impact on your existence.

This is one of the reasons we steer our kids into hanging out with the "right crowd." We know the impact of peer pressure on kids and we try to protect them by encouraging them to associate with certain individuals of positive qualities versus others that we see as less desirable.

Hmmm...We determine another's worth - their value to us - every time we do this. I am not saying that this is a bad thing necessarily. We are wise to steer clear of persons and personalities that could be toxic to our well-being; however, we really do not escape judging others and we assign them a measure of worth relative to us.

The lesson here? Well, let the Holy Spirit speak to your heart on this one.

He spoke to me as I wandered and I mentioned, it is a dangerous combination, because if I let God be a part of my wandering and pondering, there can be conviction - which leads me to humbling myself and making change in the way I think or do....which is a good thing, just not necessarily an easy thing.

And that is my thought for today.

Smiles and Blessings to you ~mistipearl:)

For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Matthew 7:1-3 (in Context) Matthew 7 (Whole Chapter)

A righteous man is cautious in friendship, but the way of the wicked leads them astray. Proverbs 12:25-27 (in Context) Proverbs 12 (Whole Chapter)

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