“Be not deceived; evil communications corrupt good manners.” 1 Cor. 15:33
Today’s Christian daily devotional
“Hey there, kiddo!” I recognized the voice before I even turned around. A chill shimmered down my spine, despite the smoldering July day.
My mom quickly emerged from the pool and grabbed a towel to cover up.
“Where’s your dad?” A greasy finger reached out to grab my cheek. I bent down to pick up my plastic raft, timing my dodge perfectly.
“He’s at work.” My mother huffed. “Where else would he be in the middle of the afternoon?” I could tell by her reaction that my mother wasn’t a big fan of our visitor.
Wanting to defend her, I placed my little body between the two. I could feel the heat of the sun drying my swimsuit as I stood there firmly.
His eyes moved up and down my mother’s petite and athletic figure as if I wasn’t even there.
“What do you want?” I said my hands on my five-year old hips, ready to attack.
He bent down to my level. I could smell the mixture of Corona and coffee on his breath.
“Aren’t you a little feisty one?” He laughed, reaching into his pocket and pulling out his wallet. “But, you’re so pretty that it doesn’t matter.” He handed me a dollar bill.
I thought about how many dishes I would have to wash to earn that kind of allowance. I grabbed it quickly, without hesitation.
“What was that for?” My mother asks with suspicion while plucking the dollar from my hand.
His generosity made me reconsider my former feelings. No one in my life had ever handed me money for no reason.
“Because she is so pretty, she deserves it.” He reached into his wallet and started to pull out another single. The look on my mother’s face stopped him cold in his tracts.
“Julia earns her money by doing chores, not by being cute.” Tossing the dollar to the ground she stormed past him, eyes blazing hotter than the sun above us.
I stood there frozen, totally confused as to what this tussle was all about. I just wanted my dollar. My fortune was looking quite pathetic sticking in the wet pool of water on our porch.
The cool blast from the air conditioning lured me closer to my mother. She was standing inside our kitchen with the door open just wide enough for me to enter, blocking the greasy man from going further.
“Don’t you even think about picking that dollar up.” By the look in my mother’s eyes, I knew she meant business. Cutting my losses, I knew it just wasn’t worth it.
Turning toward the kitchen and away from the cash, I found relief distancing myself from my father’s creepy friend.
“Come back when you know my husband will be home.” My mother said while sliding the glass door firmly shut. Taking one last leering look, the man turned and without a word, he was gone. I felt like we had just dodged an invisible bullet.
In 1 Corinthians 15:33, the Bible clearly warns that the company of others has the power to corrode our own morals. Friendships are so important, that Paul encourages us to be very particular about whom we choose to share our time and lives with. A good life is not just stumbled upon; it is the result of the influences that shape it. Whom or what has been shaping you? It is worth a lengthy consideration. Your quality of life depends on it.
“Dear Heavenly Father,
I see my time is a priceless and valuable thing. I can either invest it wisely by spending it with people who will build up my character, strengthen my faith and encourage and uplift me in my times of need. Or, I can squander it away on people who have no interest in becoming a better person or helping me to discover and shape the best in myself.
Lord, I admit that I have been a foolish person in the past, not considering that my friends were an important part of shaping who I am today and influencing the decisions I have made.
Please give me the wisdom to surround myself with people that will help me to become the person you want me to be and help me to mentor another struggling person who seems to be lost on the path of bad influences.
In Jesus’ precious name, bless me to be a good friend. Amen.”
Thank you for reading today’s Christian daily devotional on verses: 1 Corinthians 15:33
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Author: Julia Shalom Jordan