Posts Tagged ‘Associations’

PostHeaderIcon IF YOU LAY WITH DOGS, YOU GET UP WITH FLEAS!

By Vernalee
imageA dear and loving sister girl sent me a You Tube sermon by Rev. Dr. Howard John Wesley of the Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria, Virginia that absolutely blew me away. It sent electric shock waves through my body. The generic commonality of the topic is one that we can easily relate to as we select various relationships. The subject dealt with “How we identify and remove Poisonous People/Relationships from our lives.” Using a quote from Howard Thurman, Dr. Wesley stated that “our lives are shaped by two things. Where am I going? Who’s going with me.” Inseparable, purpose and partnership go hand in hand. Accordingly to Dr. Wesley as he brought his sermon from Judges Chapter 1, we connect ourselves with several levels of relationships including:
Enemies,
Strangers,
Associations,
Friends,
Family/Love,
Spouses.
The levels are intensified to include:
Intimacy,
Accessibility,
Longevity,
Vulnerability,
Accountability,
Transparency,
Reconciliation.
Intertwining scriptural references from Amos Chapter 3, Exodus Chapter 34, Ephesian Chapter 3, Psalms Chapter 1, I Peter Chapter 2, and 2 Corinthians 6:14, we are admonished to open our eyes to the character of people that we are dealing with or whom we form associations.
As we examine the Five Test of Toxicity, namely:
1. Fear
2. Admission of Wrong
3. Avoidance
4. Neediness & Self Sufficiency
5. Vision & Manipulation – it is hopeful that we can discern who God has sent into our lives accidentally and providentially. A powerful message, we know that bad associations spoil useful habits; we know that birds of the same feather flock together; and we know that if we lay down with dogs, we get up with fleas. It is not what we know. It is what we are willing to do with what we know! The choices are ours to make. Choose wisely!
Happy Sunday! God bless!
I invite you to listen to this powerful message and be blown away as I!

Photo credit: www.alfredstreet.org

PostHeaderIcon Surround yourself with good people

By Vernalee
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My Daddy often told us, “If you do wrong, wrong will follow you! Bad associations spoil useful habits. Be in the midst of good people. Hire smart people and people smarter than you. Surround yourself with intelligent people.” Dad’s advisory list stretched for miles. It is amazing how words stick with you long after they have been said. They inorganically take root – and subconsciously guide you. As the saying goes, “Plant a seed and watch it grow.” Daddy’s advice meant more the older I became as I realized that we, in part, become byproducts of our surroundings / environment. As people, we are natural born copy cats. We imitate behaviors; often we do what we see others do. We learn from repetition. “Monkey see; monkey do.” Being around good people may not always produce good results, but following and imitating bad people will surely land you in harm’s way … eventually! Bad habits rub off in the same manner as good ones. Both are behavioral sponges. In the process, be what you want to attract! So, surround yourself with goodness so that more of its substances can rub off on you! This practice should not be age restricted. It is a process that we must follow all the days of our lives! Who is in our company may determine not only what we become, but influence what we do … at any age! Knowing who people are – is the first step. Observe their actions / characteristics. Good wholesome people and a great environment matter – now and in the future. Use your best judgment to decide who enters your world and who you permit to stay! Wise choices now yield wise results later.

PostHeaderIcon Surround yourself with goodness

By Vernalee
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My Daddy often told us, “If you do wrong, wrong will follow you!” “Bad associations spoil useful habits. Be in the midst of good people. Hire smart people and people smarter than you. Surround yourself with intelligent people.”
The advisory list of sayings stretches for miles.
As people, we are natural born copy cats. We learn from repetition. “Monkey see; monkey do.”
Being around good people may not necessarily produce good results, but following and imitating bad people will surely land you in harm’s way! So, surround yourself with goodness so that more of its substances can rub off on you!
Ironically, this is a practice that is not age sensitive. It is a process that we must follow all the days of our lives! Remember, older people who are unwholesome have had more years to practice and perfect their bad traits! Who is in our company may determine what we become and influence what we do … at any age! Knowing who people are – is the first step. Use your best judgment to decide who enters your world and who you permit to stay!

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