Some of the most valuable things in life are your relationships.

And getting along with people, whether it’s your spouse, your kids, your parents, your co-workers, or your friends, is a big part of life.

Your friendships are really important because who you hang out with can make or break you. You become like who you hang around.

If you hang out with lazy people who have no vision and no direction for their lives and are happy just getting by, then you’ll probably end up in that same boat. But if you hang out with people who are hard-workers, full of vision, and who are always trying to better themselves, then chances are that’s the kind of person you’ll be as well.

Proverbs 12:26 (NIV) says, “The righteous choose their friends carefully….”

Sometimes in order to make friends with someone, you have to be the one to reach out first.

Don’t wait for them to chase you down. Introduce yourself and initiate a conversation. Invite them out for coffee or for lunch. Be generous and pick up their tab. Psalm 112:5 (NIV) says, “Good will come to those who are generous and lend freely, who conduct their affairs with justice.”

Know this—in order to have good friends, you must first be a good friend. 

READ: Your Friends Can Make or Break You 

The Take Away

Make it a point to build good friendships. The Bible talks about iron sharpening iron. Good friends will do that. They’ll make you sharp and help you push through the tough places. They’ll be your biggest cheerleaders and will celebrate all of your victories. 

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