25 Things I Want My Children to Remember When Choosing Their ‘Inner Circle’

1. Surround yourselves with friends who care more about telling you the truth than making you feel good.

2. Surround yourselves with friends who don’t fear and fret about who they are and what they do because of who you are and what you do.

3. Surround yourselves with friends who care more about God’s opinion than yours.

4. Surround yourself with friends who are willing to look beyond and below the “okay” and “fine.”

5. Surround yourselves with friends who will hate your sin and fight it with you.

6. Surround yourself with friends who care about the people outside their “inner circles.”

7. Surround yourselves with friends who don’t bash their bodies and obsess over the temporal.

8. Surround yourselves with friends who seek the Truth and yearn to live the the Truth they seek.

9. Surround yourselves with friends who give and take, take and give.

10. Surround yourselves with friends who know that the world is bigger than them.

11. Surround yourselves with friends who can accept forgiveness and offer it.

12. Surround yourself with friends who not only ask you about your life and your day, but who also ask you about your heart and your soul.

13. Surround yourselves with friends who will never expect you to be their god.

14. Surround yourselves with friends who will sharpen you, refine you, and believe in you.

15. Surround yourselves with friends who have boundaries and will respect yours.

16. Surround yourselves with friends who know the difference between a mountain and a molehill.

17. Surround yourselves with friends who care more about “doing right” than “being cool.”

18. Surround yourselves with friends who have a desire to grow.

19. Surround yourselves with friends who won’t ask you to compromise your beliefs.

20. Surround yourselves with friends who will love you in and through your “ugly.”

21. Surround yourselves with friends who are Spirit-led and wisdom-filled.

22. Surround yourselves with friends who are more concerned about proclaiming the Gospel than acclaiming themselves.

23. Surround yourselves with friends who desire to live in transparent community with other believers.

24. Surround yourselves with friends who know that they won’t be able to be any one of these “numbered things” without the help and grace of God.

25. Be that #1-#24 friend.

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