Saturday, March 21, 2015

Pursue Great People

Joining in with In Other Words at Patricia's PlaceIn Other Words

“All have their frailties and whoever looks for a friend without imperfections will never find what he seeks.”
Cyrus the Great

Reflecting on this quote, many thoughts came to my mind of friends from the past and present. How many of us remember those people in our school days, who seemed to be the perfect people...those who were popular, cheerleaders, basketball stars, super brains, etc? Sometimes they made us feel inferior, and oh how we wanted them to be our friends. 

At some point in life, not sure exactly when that happened, it became apparent that these images had flaws. The basketball star, who couldn't get into college or win a scholarship. Then there was the cheerleader who got pregnant and had to quit school to take care of her child. Suddenly it was apparent that the friends we had cultivated through those years of school all went their separate ways and it became harder to stay in touch. The class reunions revealed that no one is perfect, just like the quote from Cyrus.

Chip Ingram has a book called "Good to Great in God's Eyes" and one chapter is about pursuing great people. He indicates that these aren't people who are perfect, but who influence you positively, and I would also indicate that they would be great friends.  Here is a quote from his book on P. 77:
"I encourage you to pursue great people because, for better or worse, you will be shaped by the people around you. Whomever you hang out with, whoever's teaching you come under, and whomever you choose to influence you will greatly determine the direction of your life."

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend with lots of Spring sunshine. Going dancing at a Texas dance hall tonight! Gotta keep practicing our two-step! Thanks for hosting, Patricia.

Linda Kay
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