I recently heard Dan Le Batard of ESPN Radio talking about Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III. Though I’m growing a little tired of all the attention being given to the talented but injury prone young star that has yet to prove himself on the field, I listened as Le Batard asked if the Washington Redskins organization was to blame for his lack of development as a player.
As Le Batard and his cohorts argued about whether Griffin or the organization is to blame for Griffin’s relative lack of success, I found myself thinking about Proverbs 13:20 – “the companion of fools will suffer harm.” Regardless of what is at the root of Griffin’s football problems, it is true in life that our environment can have a great impact on our lives.
I know there are circumstances beyond our control such as the family we are born into, tragic accidents, unexpected illnesses, etc. that we can do nothing about. I also know that no matter what our circumstances are, we are still responsible for our own actions. However, there can be no denying that our environment has significant influence upon who we are. Because of this fact, we should be very careful of the choices we make.
Every choice has the potential for long-lasting impact. You never know how your life will be affected by your friends, your job, your entertainment, your church or any other factor. We should not live in fear of what might be, but we should certainly use wisdom as to what we allow to impact us.
Choose friends that encourage your spiritual growth. Choose a job that allows you to work hard at bringing God glory. Choose entertainment that is edifying. Choose a church that equips you for your spiritual life. Make choices that reflect your desire to live a successful Christian life because hard work and faithfulness in Spiritual disciplines can be counteracted by foolish choices in regard to the circumstances we place ourselves in.
We may never know the true answer to Robert Griffin’s football woes, just as we may never know the full implications of our choices on the rest of our lives. What we can know for sure is that the path to a successful spiritual life consists of many wise choices. I trust that you will place yourself today in situations that encourage your spiritual success rather than hinder it.
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