I used to think that I could figure things out on my own, but now I know I can't trust my own thinking.
An old mentor once told me to surround myself with the thinking that outthinks me. He was suggesting that I surround myself with people who have victory in areas that I'm weak in and with people who are more intelligent and successful than me.
Although I still live by that advice today, I realize that people are fallible. The only thinking that can truly outthink me without any error is the Word of God.
"Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
but we trust in the name of the Lord our God."
- Psalm 20:7
About four years ago, I began to realize that I had no Christian friends. I mean, yeah, I had friends that classified themselves as Christians, as I did, but no one in my inner circle was fully committed to living for God.
And if I'm honest, neither was I.
I wanted to fully commit my life back to God, but with no one around me to encourage me in my walk, I often found myself in compromising situations. So, I prayed and asked God to send me a friend who could guide me and show me what it meant to truly live for Him.
I knew that I couldn't just pray for a godly friend without becoming the friend that I was praying for, so I also started working on my relationship with God. I began by doing daily devotions, and then I joined a Bible study to understand more of what I was reading.
Two and a half years later, I still didn't have any close Christian friends, but God was working on me from the inside out. He changed my heart to desire more and more of Him, and slowly but surely I became this woman who was on fire for God.
God always answers prayer, though, in His timing.
Today, I not only have a close Christian friend, but I also have a whole community of friends who are living examples of what it means to be fully committed to God.
Surrounding myself with the thinking that outthinks me, the Word of God and believers who are more knowledgeable in the Word than I am, has helped me to grow in ways I could've never imagined.
"Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other."
- Romans 12:4-5
Life can be tough at times and temptation is real, but with a community of people that you can turn to for encouragement, you can be victorious! I needed godly friends to survive this Christian walk, and so do you.
My old mentor gave me this advice and I now pass it on to you: surround yourself with the thinking that outthinks you. Surround yourself with the Word of God and like-minded people.
It will make all the difference.
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