everything without grumbling and arguing so that you may be blameless
and pure, innocent children of God surrounded by people who are crooked
and corrupt. Among these people you shine like stars in the world. Philippians 2:14-15
The temptation is that when we get around others we act as they do.
Rather than being a good influence, we often enable bad behaviors.
Often we even use others bad behavior to justify our own. We are as bad
as those other people after all.
But this is not the way God
wants us to live. We are to shine! We are to live as the example of
faith in a faithless world. We are to live as the example of light in
This is no easy task, but with God all things are
possible. We must agree to surrender our desires to God's desires and
our lives to the life God has for us. Even in tough times, it is easier
to be where God wants us to be, than anywhere of our own devising.