By Ron Thomas
“He who walks with wise men will be wise. But the companion of fools will be destroyed” (Proverbs 13:20, NKJV).
It has been said by some professional athletes that they desire not to be role models. When I hear this I marvel at the naiveté because each person is influential to some varying degree, and it can’t be anything but this way. Thus we can’t control whether or not we are influential, but we can control what others see and hear in us. The wise one gains wisdom from the wise, and the righteous one gains righteous wisdom from One who is the standard of righteousness (John 14:6). The fool, on the other hand, is also influential, but his influence not only destroys himself—it leads to the destruction of others who follow in his footsteps
- Ron Thomas preacher for the Sunrush Church of Christ, Chillicothe, OH. He may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org