Over the years of being a skateboarder, it has always amazed me how much the people we skate with affects how fast we progress. We progress so much faster when we skate with people that are better than us and/or really take it serious and want to get better, and so much slower (if any at all) when we skate with people that aren’t that good and/or don’t really care to get any better. People that are better than us or really desire to get better will challenge us to push our limits, people that aren’t will make us lazy and careless.
When it comes to really seeking after the Lord, the same principle applies, for Proverbs 13:20 says, “Whoever walks with the wise will become wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.” The people that really take Christ serious and really want to grow in Him are the people that we should be spending the bulk of our time with. For they are the ones that will challenge us to live wisely and push us to grow in our love for God and people. The Christian life is not something that we can do without people challenging us, “For the gate is wide and the way is “easy” that leads to destruction, and many will enter; the gate is narrow and the way is “hard” that leads to life, and few will find it” (Matthew 7:13-14). Without people challenging us, we fall into what is easy and natural, which is laziness and complacency that gets us no where and can even cause us to develop destructive habits. As skateboarders and as servants of the Most High, we need to be around people that test us and motivate us to get better. Proverbs 27:17, “As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens a friend.”