My Mama could always tell who was going to be a good friend to me and who was going to end up back stabbing me. 9/10 she was right. Who you surround yourself with is very important. There is an old sayin of “show me your company and I’ll tell you who you are.” Often times this is true. We don’t always realize how much our group of friends can impact us. If you surround yourself with people who drink, do drugs, have sex with whoever and whenever they want to, then that is what you are going to fall into as well. It’s called peer pressure. You want to fit in with them, so you are going to do what they do no matter how many times you said to yourself that you weren’t going to end up like them. Now, if you surround yourself with godly people who go to church, get involved with church, have a prayer life, then you are going to do those things. That is exactly how I came to know the Lord.

When I was a high school freshman, my friends decided that it would be fun to make a group. We called ourselves the “Squawkflock.” (CAW CAW) We made our own YouTube videos and posted them on Instagram and Facebook. We even had our own little saying of “its not a gang, it’s a lifestyle.” We had a great time. When I was a sophomore in high school, two of the girls from #Squawkflock, Lydia and Alley, invited me to go with them to church. I kept saying yes, but never really went. Until one day, we were all making a YouTube video for the Time Machine in Alley’s basement, and Alley and Lydia invited me to go to church with them the next morning. I figured I could go and just see what it was about and if I liked it. I did go, and I fell in love. Soon after, I got involved with the youth and the praise team. I’m very thankful for Alley, Lydia, and my group of friends who were persistent in inviting me to church and showing God’s love. If it wasn’t for God using them, I would not be where I am today. So choose your friend wisely, they can either help you or hinder you.

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