Last Spring, at my elementary kids' Spring Concert, one of the classes - and actually not a class containing one of my crew - sang a song... an old Patch the Pirate song I remember from many moons ago. Called "Walk with the Wise," I can still hear those second graders emphatically emphasizing the final "k" sound every time they sang the word walK... all throughout the song.
The words go something like this:
Walk with the wise
You'd better flee from the fool
Find a friend who walks with God
To walk along with you
Choose your friends carefully
Be what you ought to be
Walk with the wise
The point of the song is to be wise when you pick with whom you are hang out. As long as it doesn't encourage Christians (or give them excuse) to retreat into Christian compounds where they never rub shoulders with the rest of the world, it is excellent advice.
I started thinking about the song because just last week I read the Bible verse - for a totally different reason - on which the song is based: He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed. (Proverbs 13.20) I had already decided I was going to do 31 days of Proverbs as a blogging project, so I'm reading through the book of Proverbs as a part of my devotional time this October. Then, I thought it would be fun to try and join in with the Five Minute Friday writers, who are spending only 5 minutes writing each of their 31 days posts.
Yeah - it is getting complicated.
But I think it will be fun.
What was the reason I turned to Proverbs 13.20? Because if I want to "walK with THE Wise," my very best choice is to make sure I walk humbly each day with my Jesus, doing justly, loving mercy and agreeing with Him as He teaches me and shows me what it is to walk with Him in a world that, for the most part, could care less about Him.
The one caveat I'm allowing myself - I will have my quiet/devo time and study each Proverb - for as long as the Lord leads and life allows, figure out how I'm going to relate it to the prompt (hoping I can), and then set the five minute timer.
Hope you'll tag along with me - be sure and comment if you do!