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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Illustrate the meaning of "A Man is Known by the Company He Keeps" (without using the actual phrase). (01/31/08)

TITLE: House Inspections
By Deborah Caruso


Deciding on a house can be challenging. Sometimes the decision is easy because you can see enough externally that you know you donít want to have anything to do with it. You can see that it is dirty, unkempt and overall, it just gives you the creeps.

Shannon had been looking for a house for herself, her husband Ken, and their 2-year-old daughter, Cora, and she finally found a house she believed was a perfect match. It was immaculate, freshly painted and appeared ideal! Since it was a big investment, Shannon did the wise thing and had the house inspected, to guarantee that it would be safe and sound. The house inspector would check the safety of the house by looking for any hidden defects like possible cracks in the foundation, leaks, any damage caused by termites, and would test for Radon, a gas that can go undetected, but all the while unhealthy levels are being breathed in. She didnít want her family in an unsafe environment, whether breathing poisonous gas, or perhaps, somewhere down the road, the house caving in on them.

When picking the company we keep we can sometimes see immediately that a person or group is not a good investment for us, but sometimes they can seem perfect! Just as Shannon used caution in buying her new house, doesnít it make sense that we use caution in buying into any relationship? Just as Shannon showed wisdom by using a house inspector to reveal any hidden dangers in the house, shouldnít we be just as wise and use an inspector that can reveal any hidden dangers that may come from a relationship? A thorough relationship inspection can be done with the most revealing of all lights, Godís word; the light that brings to light all hidden things. Proverbs has a wealth of information on distinguishing the difference for us, between the company of the wise and the foolish.

Just like the house, we will want the people we keep company with, to be building their lives on a sure foundation, no longer breathing in the pollutions of sin, and their lives are no longer subject to the enemyís destroying pests. If we fill our minds with Godís word, then the light it gives will let us know whether or not a relationship will be safe and sound.

Some things are easy to spot in people, they may speak or act in away that obviously reveals to us that they would not be a wise companion. But sometimes there may be things hidden from our view, underneath the surface, that could jeopardize our safety, like the Radon gas, if we walk with them. You donít want to be breathing in poison without knowing it.

Godís light will always reveal sin, which is actually poison to our souls. Sin, undetected can eat away at our lives like the unseen pests eat away at the wood in an unprotected house. Sin can knock the foundation right out from under us if we give in to it. You donít want to take a chance in harming your life or the life of your family by being in an unsafe or unsound environment, whether in a house or in a relationship. Corinthians 15:33 NIV, Do not be misled: ďBad company corrupts good character.Ē

Knowing Godís Word and doing what it says is the only sure foundation for living our lives, and anyone that does not take heed to it, can be considered unwise. You donít want to be walking side by side with someone who is unwise about God and on a destructive path.

Proverbs 13:20-21 KJV ďHe that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.Ē
Matthew 7:24-27 KJV ďTherefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.Ē

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Laury Hubrich 02/08/08
This is a very good devotional. I like how you used the house inspection analogy to teach your lesson. Great job! Thank you for sharing this important lesson!
Hanne Moon 02/10/08
I like this devotion. It's very well done. I think you're going to lose points for mentioning the words of the proverb. Great analogies! Keep up the good work!
Joshua Janoski02/11/08
I enjoyed this lesson, and I believe that everyone can take something from this and apply it to their lives. Good job! Keep up the great writing!
Marlene Austin02/13/08
Nice devotional especially for teens and young adults. :)