by: FCC Staff
As a young boy, I was constantly in awe of my grandmother’s assortment of crystal figurines. There were animals, vehicles, and all sorts of likenesses represented. I imagined that the value of her collection was something between a million and “a kajillion” dollars.
I don’t think I was aware of their actual value, nor did my grandmother share that information. It seems that what I was so enthralled with was the purity of the glass. You could see through each little statue as if it was composed of only air. What probably contributed most of all was the environment in which they lived – an airtight case, free of impurity.
If you search Proverbs for wisdom regarding relationship, you will find a recurring theme. We must be careful with what we allow to influence us. Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 15:33, “Do not be misled: ‘Bad company corrupts good character.’” The Corinthian believers were being influenced by a misunderstanding about the resurrection. That influence invited them to moral laxity and spiritual danger.
We must be vigilant and use wisdom when it comes to the influences we entertain. This can apply to people, social media, music, video, and any other medium by which our minds can interact and absorb things.
Let us allow Christ to renew our minds by focusing our attention not on the world’s pleasures, but on the author of all things truly valuable – God.
Prayer for today: Lord God, please give us the strength we need to resist influences that don’t produce your goodness in our lives. Help us to place our focus where it will benefit your Kingdom most. We love you. It’s in your Son’s name that we pray. Amen.