This scripture came to mind as a result of two things; a conversation I had with my youngest daughter, Bean, that’s her nickname, a longtime ago about choosing friends, and an email message from an associate, Tommy, that’s his real name. Combined, the conversation with Bean and Tommy’s message sent me to the Book of Books, the Holy Bible for spiritual insight.
Today I want to share with you a short thought about the “law of association.” This is something that makes perfect sense, but most of us don’t even realize it’s happening to us. You always have been, now are, and will continue to become the joint average of the five (5) people you associate with most, according to Tommy. What you may not realize is one of the five people you associate with most is YOU!
The apostle Paul understood this two-thousand years ago better than most of us do today. Consequently, he sought to warn and put on notice, the people of the Church at Corinth, about their associations and daily internal-conversations. He was admonishing the church for its association with non-believers and people who spoke against the risen Christ. Our beliefs and faith are placed at risk when our thoughts are not subjected to the Spirit of God. Until we have subdued our thoughts to His spirit, and only then, “God may be all in all,” (verse 28) by the working of His spirit within us. Paul’s warning to the church was simple and the admonishment harsh, “we stand in jeopardy every hour,” (verse 30) because of what’s happening inside our heads.
It’s true. Because of the internal-dialog, that mental conversation, or self-talk, you have going on inside your head. According to psychiatric research, you speak to yourself at the rate of about 9,000 to 18,000 words per hour—all day long! That is probably more internal-conversation than the joined external-conversations with your four other associates combined! So, the next time someone tells you that you talk too much don’t be offended, they don’t know half of the story nor have heard half of the conversation.
Therefore, friends be careful with whom you associate, and become keenly aware of the thoughts you have running through your own mind, and stop trying to get inside someone else’s head. If you will change what you’re thinking (and with whom you associate), you will change what you do. You are living what you think! If you will introduce yourself to a new knowledge of God you will change your Life and your prospects for life in the hereafter! Be blessed until the blessed call you blessed. Bless someone in Jesus’ name today.
- 2 Corinthians 11 (asorensen.wordpress.com)
- The Lukewarm Church and Christian Dating (thelukewarmchurch.wordpress.com)