“Walk with wise men and you will become wise, but the companion of fools will fare badly,” Proverbs 13:20.
How often do we hear, “Make wise decisions”? But how exactly does someone do that if they aren’t sure what that is and what those decisions should look like? This passage helps us, as it says, “Walk with wise men and you will become wise.” It sounds like, “Choose your friends well, for what they do, you will find yourself doing, too.”
As we move into summer with our young people, as they experience more freedom, perhaps a job and a driver’s license, we know there are more accidents, more mishaps, more mistakes made, and more regrets ensue. So how can we help our young people avoid making mistakes that will affect their lives now, and well into the future, if not for the rest of their lives? Encourage them to choose their friends well.
Encourage them to bring their friends home. Meet them. Get to know who they are and what they’re about. And if you have a sense that they may not be a good influence on your young person, speak up. Dissuade them from hanging out with someone who could get them into trouble.
Parents, this is the time. This is your job. Your kids want to know what you think and what you have to say. And if you can offer them some advice that will keep them safe, or help them make good decisions, this is your opportunity, as well as your responsibility. Encourage your young person to, “Walk with wise people so they will become wise.”
Kate Walsh Soucheray is a licensed marriage and family therapist and works at Christian Heart Counseling, located at 275 Third St. S. Suite 303 in Stillwater. She can be reached at 651-439-2059, ext. 718 or firstname.lastname@example.org.