Good Company … and Bad

Each of us should please his neighbor
for his good, to build him up.
           —Romans 15:2

There are some people whose company we enjoy … and some we don’t.

We prize the companionship of those who build us up, encourage us, see the best in us. We treasure the friendship of those who think we are fine just the way we are; see no need to schedule us for a makeover.

We avoid those who criticize us, judge us, spotlight our faults, and set out to remake us in their own image.

Another thing—we don’t enjoy the company of those who always have to be the center of attention.

In a Peanuts cartoon Linus said to Lucy, “I think there’s something you should know.”
“What’s that?” asked Lucy.
“The world does not revolve around you.”
“You’re kidding!” she said.

Avoid getting me-deep in conversation.

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