Connect to the right people! Too often we find ourselves in relationships that drain the very life out of us. People are either “lifters” or “downers”. It’s alright, and even charitable, to have a “downer” or two in your life to whom you can serve as a “lifter”. Don’t have too many however or they will drain you dry and suck the life right out of you. On the other hand, you can’t have too many “lifters” in your life. They bring you joy, purpose, encouragement and fulfillment because they not only help you to be better but they complete you with complimentary gifts and abilities.
Solomon wrote this wise observation in Proverbs 18:24 “A man of too many friends comes to ruin, But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.”
Be intentional about developing friendships. You will most likely end up being like those you hang around. The “friend who sticks closer than a brother” is the kind of friend you want. Don’t try to just collect a lot of friends who are so “casual” that they have no commitment to your wellbeing and development. A good friend will see to it that you are living at your fullest potential and getting the best out of life. Be sure to avoid the “wrong” people, be careful with just “any” people, but be intentional about connecting to the “right” people. They will make all the difference in your life, and you in theirs.
Leading to Serve,
Summit Founder & President
Summit Leadership Foundation
3104 Hanover Road
Johnson City, Tennessee 37604
“My best friend is the one who brings out the best of me.”