The Importance Of Community

“Bad company corrupts good morals.”

Sometimes I think of this as just a saying, maybe because my parents always used to repeat this when I hung around the wrong crowds in high school, or when I started at a restaurant with coworkers that influenced me to drink and cuss. But this saying is biblical.

1 Corinthians 15:33

“Do not be misled: bad company corrupts good character.”

There is a strong correlation in my own life between the strength of my spiritual walk, and the people that I am surrounded by. The opposite is also true.

The time in my life when I felt most on fire for God was when I was 19. I was a sophomore in college and I was still living at home. I was surrounded by my family and some really strong believers that I studied the bible with every Friday. God was really pulling me in directions outside of the university, but I was torn between what my parents had planned for me and what God was laying on my heart. God wasn’t telling me to drop out, but He wasn’t telling me to stay in school either. I continued that course for graduation and it ended up leading me outside of that good company that I was surrounded by.

The furthest I’ve ever felt from God was between the ages of 21 and 24. During this time I was consumed by my social life. My friends were my world and there was nothing more satisfying than being around them. We all drank and had some of the most fun I’ve ever had in my whole life. Still to this day I struggle with the “fun” that I will be missing out on as a Christian. I know that is not the case, but it’s still a thought I have every now and then.

During this time in my life I couldn’t even stand listening to Christian radio. I never changed the radio preset off of number 1 (“Because God should come first in your life” I thought.) and I went to church every Sunday – even if I was completely hungover. One time after service my mom even said I smelled like Vodka. Which completely makes sense since I wore the same shirt to church that I had worn the night before while drinking vodka.

Ohhhhh…I’m so glad that those days are over…

Now that I’m 25 I can see how tight that correlation was. My friends depicted my lifestyle, and the lifestyle that I lived was either within God’s will or completely outside of it. And now I’m looking for friends that are not just “Christians”, but ones that are on fire for Jesus. Friends that can inspire me and invest in me just as I can inspire and invest in them. I hope that whoever is reading this might also find some aspect of community in this blog. I hope that they read this and watch my videos being fulfilled and inspired by a sense of community; one that drives them and inspires them to be on fire for God.

That is all.

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