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Stephen A. Peterson
He that walks with wise men will be wise; but a companion of fools will be destroyed.
Proverbs 13:20 (NIV)
Charlie, six year old German shepherd, ran away from his family to the nearby forest meeting up with a wolf pack that immediately accepted him as a member. In the coming weeks, Charlie and his new found friends began raiding chicken houses in a 12 mile area. Within a matter of days, farmers were alerted that a wolf pack was killing chickens with stealth and speed.
The night of the sixth day, farmer Jackson upon hearing commotion in his chicken house, grabbed his shotgun then quickly ran in the direction of all the noise. Upon his arrival, he saw the wolves attacking his chickens whereby he immediately blasted them. The results were four dead wolves and a badly injured dog to his surprise.
Farmer Jackson’s two children were present and took pity on the injured dog. They stopped the bleeding, bound his wounds and pled with their father to take him to the veterinarian to try to save his severed leg. On the way, the children asked their father: “Dad, what happened? Why did the dog do it?”
“Bad company children! Bad company!” responded farmer Jackson.
Farmer Jackson spoke words wiser than he realized. The dog’s foolish choice of association had endangered his life resulting in the consequence, possibly, of the loss of a leg to be crippled for the remainder of his life.
So it is with humankind. In so many instances, bad days come often times from bad companions, and better days come from better associates.
Almighty Father, open my mind and heart to make wise choices when choosing my companions. Be with me all of the days of life! These things I pray. Amen.
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