Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.
Who do you allow in? It’s certainly not my Facebook profile that determines whom I let into my heart. That’s just my living room with my Facebook Page being the front porch. However, what you read on your friend’s posts and your own newsfeed does saturate your heart, and most times with a lot of angst. It’s like a song on repeat. This is why learning your privacy settings and tools are important.
On Facebook, you can snooze someone for 30 days or choose to unfollow them completely without cutting that connection. I wish other social media sites had similar tools. With the people who text you or with people that you regularly meet for coffee, they are harder to Snooze or unfollow.
Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, says part of Proverbs 13:20, reminding us to choose the people we let into our heart carefully. Wise friends will lead us closer to Jesus, hold us accountable for our decisions, and even speak the truth when we least like to hear it. Proverbs 13:20 finishes with, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.
Who are those companions of fools?
- They are the ones who enable us to live a way that leads us farther away from the person God wants us to become;
- who say take another drink or use that drug even to your harm;
- or people who can’t handle you when life falls apart;
- or people who take advantage of another’s vulnerability to get something in return.
Not everyone can be that wise friend. Some people are built with bigger shoulders than others to catch the tears.
On Facebook or social media, it’s okay to have many friends or followers, cutting the connection only if it becomes toxic. But, your close friends should be the wise ones who help you choose better and bring you closer to Jesus.