Check Your Circle
It’s time you start pushing away the people in your life that are hindering you from reaching your God-given purpose. Check your circle because your circle is defining your future…
At the end of the day, your friends are a reflection of yourself. You can actually determine who someone is by the company of their friends. Good friends constantly challenge you, inspire you and encourage you to achieve your dreams and goals. If your friends on the other hand, are tearing you down, just know that they are jealous that you came from the same place they did, but somehow, you’re doing better than them.
You can continue to surround yourself with toxic friends and trick yourself into believing that you won’t become like them, but slowly and surely, you’ll start seeing traits of them rubbing off on you. If that’s the case, then you need to get yourself some new friends.
Don’t let people disrespect you. Before you let them use you, know your worth to make you walk away from the fake friends. Don’t be afraid to cut someone off – you don’t owe a fake friend anything. Sometimes holding on damages more than letting go…
Trust me, I’ve been in that situation where I knew that the friendship group was not where I was meant to be. But the only reason I stayed was because of the false sense of security of physically having a group, yet deep down I knew that these people weren’t helping me, rather they were taking me away from my relationship with God.
“Do not be fooled. Bad company corrupts good morals.” - 1 Corinthians 15:33
The Bible is so clear about who we should do life with. For the friends who we surround ourselves now with are constantly shaping our futures. Do not be fooled – if you’re surrounding yourself with ungodly people, then how do you expect the Spirit to thrive? The more you immerse yourself into the world, the more you become of this world.
The cornerstone of most of my closest friendships is Christ. It’s the security of having a firm foundation to build a relationship upon, is what makes these friendships so blessed. When you have a group of friends, who are on fire for the Lord, they can keep you accountable and focused on deepening your relationship with Jesus. Faith friends are way better than fake friends.
“Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble” - Ecclesiastes 4:9
When God made us, He hardwired us to have the desire to be in relationship. God provided good people into our lives because He knew that He was not enough and that we as humans needed fellowship. It is through others that God pours out His love for us.
Yet many of us hold back in our friendships because we have so much pride, that we’d never make friends with someone who is prettier than us, or more financially blessed or more academically gifted because it would make us feel like we’re second best. For if you're threatened by people because they are smarter, prettier or more successful than you, then you’ll always be paralysed from stepping into your purpose. Life doesn’t have to be a competition.
Until you realise that it’s not just you and God against the world and that you need other people along the way, God can take you places you would’ve never reached on your own. Until you cut off the negative people in your life, you’ll always care about what they think. Until you check your circle, your life will continue to run in circles because your friends aren’t helping you progress forward.
It doesn’t matter what people believe about you, what really matters is what you believe about yourself and want to reflect through your future friendships. If your friendships aren’t helping you in any way, shape or form, you might want to check your circle...
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