"One day, a man was walking along a road, when he saw a piece of clay in his path. He stooped down to pick it up, and as he did, he smelled a sweet fragrance. "This is but a piece of clay," said the man in bewilderment. "How is it that this scent is so sweet and fresh?" The piece of clay replied, "I have dwelt with the rose."
This story is from Aesop's Fables, but the moral of the story is simple; you become like those who you are around. Whether that is for good or for bad. Not only is it a simple fact, but it is Biblical. I found this quoted in a study I was doing yesterday and it really made me think about the friendships I have and how easy it is to pick up on phrases or mannerism. It challenges me to re-think who I spend my time with and makes me want to be a more positive influence to the people who are around me on a regular basis. I have realized the times where I maybe have had a negative attitude and possibly brought others down.(ahem...hubby, kids) Not only does it create an ugly atmosphere, but it influences my intimacy with the Lord.
A few things I have learned about friendship; true friendship is doing something for someone else and not expecting anything in return. A true friend is someone who you don't have to schedule something to do with them. You just be together. You can share anything with them and never feel scared that you may be judged. It is someone who can give you advice whether you like it or not and you can still trust them. A true heart-felt friend is refreshing to be around. Never feeling heavy or burdened, but always encouraging you spiritually.