Although temperatures outside are dropping, and we've seen our first snow, Molly hasn't stopped her favorite activity - swimming. Two or three times a week the neighbor's beautiful golden retriever and Molly's best friend, Teddy, comes over the hill. Seeing his golden coat weaving through the woods toward our house sends Molly into a frenzy of excitement. If I let her out, they wrestle, run, and play. And then they head toward Teddy's house because he has the World's Best Playground for a short-legged Lab. He has a pond in his front yard. Hours later, Molly returns, exhausted, full of burrs, and Muddy.
Teddy means well. He's just looking for a playmate. But when Molly is with him, she always gets wet and filthy. And she is not happy with me for making her endure the scrub in the tub or the long burr-picking session she needs in order to live inside again.
We all have people like that in our lives. They come over the hill, and before we know it, we're doing a bad habit we promised to break, or we're gossiping, or telling off-color jokes, or perhaps descending into a negative mindset. The people are not really to blame, we're the ones who choose to follow them into the muck and mire.
If Molly would stay in our yard, she wouldn't get so muddy. But she chooses to follow Teddy (or lead him!) into the pond.
When we're with others let's be sure that all of our speech and actions glorify God.
1John 3:7 Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. He who does what is right is righteous, just as He is righteous.
Let's practice righteous living wherever we are and whoever we are with!