It is vitally important that we each have people in our lives who can minister to, encourage, correct, affirm, and challenge us. If your circle of friends is lacking in any of the above, it might be time for some changes.

“Many will say they are loyal friends, but who can find one who is truly reliable?” (Proverbs 20:6 – NLT)

“He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will be destroyed.” (Proverbs 13:20 – NKJV)

Today, perform an inventory of those who continue to ADD value to your life. Grab hold of them, and do NOT let them go until they bless you. In other words, pinpoint the qualities they possess that make them a positive role model. Then copy those qualities – Yes, copy!

Now as for those who continue to SUBTRACT value from your life, allow them to walk with the new wiser you for just a little while longer. If they become wiser, it will be because of your positive influence on them. But if not, my advice would be to continue to love them, but from a distance. Be well!


Author, speaker, musician DEREK E. EURALES, Jr., loves to share his faith, motivation, and music. His book, Principles of Christian Living, has become a “must read” for believers of all ages. To order your copy, click here.