Surround Yourself with People Like This
Welcome to another Thursday UNFILTERED substack article, the only substack newsletter that has no tolerance for people who steal tortilla chips because they are nacho cheese.
If you missed last week’s article, see The Industrial Religious Complex.
A few weeks ago I came across this quote:
“Surround yourself with people who fight for you in rooms you aren’t in.”
If you’ve spent any significant time on planet Earth, backstabbing, betrayal, and backbiting are more common in your life than you’d like.
(Three cheers for alliteration.)
Tragically, these kinds of painful experiences will even come to you at the hands of people who profess to follow Christ.
So the above quote is excellent advice.
However, the trick is to discern which people will prove themselves to be true friends who have your back when you’re not around.
And therein lies the rub.
We can’t control what others do, but we can control ourselves.
Consequently, I exhort you to avoid being a two-faced friend.
Decide to be a person who will fight for your friends when they aren’t present.
Especially when someone is trashing them, judging their motives, falsely accusing them, etc.
“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.”
~ Matthew 7:12
I’ve addressed this topic (what makes a true friend) in the past in a number of articles.
If the subject interests you, you may find them valuable.
Until next Thursday,