A Man is Known by the Company He Keeps~ English Proverb

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When I was in the classroom, it was easily seen that the students take on the temperament of the teacher fairly quickly.  If you’re excited, they get excited! If you’re agitated, they get agitated. If you’re mellow, they quiet down.

There was a particular teacher in our school whose temperament and demeanor was cool and calm……low voice, quiet instructions, and mostly non verbal cues for behavior. Every year, no matter which class was coming her way, the kids…by osmosis…or some other super natural power…somehow..miraculously took on the demeanor of this particular teacher. It was remarkable! They were, by far, the quietest, straightest line in the hallway…..the envy of every teacher!

And then we had another teacher, through the years, that would tap dance on top of the desks…..was very animated…..and practically tap danced down the halls with her joyful followers. Her students..likewise showed enthusiasm for similar things…thankfully, they did not dance on top of their desks.   But…you get the idea!

As our pastor often says…now let me turn a corner….

Just as teachers have great influence over the lives of children….all of us really do become similar to those we are around the most! I read a verse this morning that reminded me that we influence others in our life, without even knowing it….and likewise…we are easily influenced by others..either positively or negatively.

Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person,
    do not associate with one easily angered,
 or you may learn their ways
    and get yourself ensnared.

Proverbs 22:24-25

My mom used to say…”Be careful who you hang out with, their ways will most certainly rub off on you..” which I’m pretty sure was her southern, common sense, loose interpretation of this verse:

Proverbs 13:20 

Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.

 

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