Daily Devotional – 6/16/15 “Friends?”

I was supposed to start a new job today. Yep, in a new building, across town, with a new group of people doing something totally different from what I’ve been doing the last 20 years but … I was told two weeks ago that the waiver I needed was not going to be approved due to “business needs” and although I could harp on that, I won’t. Not many people on my job knew but those who did asked me, “Kisha, how can you be so calm about this?” I replied, “It’s not my battle.” See, I’ve learned that not everybody around me is praying for my good. I’ve come to realize that not everybody close to me is excited about the good things happening in my life. There are even folks, on this job, who say they are happy to see me go but when it came time wouldn’t let me leave. I’m alright with it. I just thank God for giving me the strength to keep climbing out of the valley I sometimes find myself in because you do know that the valley won’t always be a valley, don’t you? Think about it – when it rains, don’t they fill up? Which means, we got to get up out of it eventually (if you want too). I even thank God for the strength to keep climbing the mountain because I could get weary but I won’t. I could get defeated at those passing me by but I don’t. I could get sidetracked by the fact that I haven’t made it to the top yet but as long as there is a top to get to, I have somewhere to go so I keep my hand in the struggle! I’m on my way! What about you?

Baby, listen – stop worrying about what folk are saying because there is someone who you are probably texting right now, who is rolling their eyes at a blessing you just received. There is someone, you probably call your ride or die who is wishing for the house you got instead of rejoicing in the fact they could be next. There is someone, who you are calling your boy, who is eyeing your spouse trying to figure out why she would want to be with someone like you. Somebody you’re telling all your business too is the one speaking negative over your life and you are still trying to figure out how the enemy keeps getting in. Somebody you ride with is the one throwing salt in your game and you wonder why it doesn’t taste right. Somebody you’re sleeping with is the one blocking all your blessing – be careful who you lie down with! Somebody you’re churching with is the one keeping up all the mess – just because they look Holy, don’t make them sanctified! You have to be careful of the company you keep. Proverbs 17:17 says, “A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need.” Chile, life is hard and it’s even harder trying to find friends amongst enemies but it can be done. How do you know a friend? It’s easy for the bible says in Proverbs 27:17, “As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.” A friend helps, hopes, loves, encourages, tells you your faults, when you’re wrong or right, will be there through good and bad and doesn’t allow mess to mess with what God has put together. Be careful who you call a friend. Not everyone is deserving of the title!

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