How to Succeed, Choose the Right Friends!
Proverbs 27:17, “Friends sharpen the minds of each other.” There is nothing like having a “true friend” who loves you unconditionally. Author Charlie Jones stated, “You’re the same today as you’ll be in the next five years….except for the people with whom you associate and the books you read.”
How to choose the right friends:
- Surround yourself with individuals who will encourage you to be the person God intended you to be. God uses your personal relationships with others as a tool to help you become the person he wants and knows you can be.
- Surround yourself with people who will provide you with grace to deal with the energy drain. Friends help to refuel your body when you are drained mentally, spiritually, physically, and relationally. Should have friends who will listen to you, encourage you, and be there for you.
- True friends love it when you are your “true self”. With true friends you don’t have to pretend to be somebody you are not. With true friendships there is a sense of normalcy and comfort where you can be your “true authentic self.” Good friendships are loving, freedom to be yourself, and can talk about anything.
- Select friends who will help you grow in faith. Your friends should encourage you to read God’s Word [Bible], pray daily, and help you to see what is important to your life.
Ephesians 4:16 sums up “true friendship” as follows: “All parts of the body are joined and held together. Each part does its own work to help the whole body grow and be strong with love.” Never walk this life alone, God created us to “be one under the Body of Jesus Christ.”
Donya Zimmerman is a business consultant, mediator, and legal professional with over ten years of experience. She is owner of Family & Community Mediation and Business Consulting (FACMBC) based in Baltimore, Maryland and has been in business since 2013. Services provided by FACMBC: Mediation and Conflict Resolution Services; Business Registration Assistance (Limited Liability Company, Corporation, S-Corp, Limited Liability Partnership, etc.); Business Plan Drafting Assistance; Business Certification Assistance (MBE, WOSB, 8A, 501(c) (3), Hub Zone, etc.); and Business Organization Assistance. She is also a contributing writer to the Maryland Daily Examiner Newspaper. Contact information: firstname.lastname@example.org; www.facebook.com/FACMBC; www.twitter.com/FACMBC; https://dzimmerman36.wordpress.com; http://www.linkedin.com/in/dzbusconsultantandmediator