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Friends Don't Let Friends...

Dear Friend, Friends don’t let friends drive drunk! A slogan burned into our brains to help us be more aware about the serious consequences of drunk driving. The campaign was launched back in 1983 to encourage people to help someone close to them in the event they were intoxicated and couldn’t make it home. It made people think twice before watching someone put themselves and others lives in danger. I was reminded of this when I reflected on my friends. What does it look like when I am struggling with an issue? When I am in a place where I am not sober minded because my emotions got the best of me... The moment when my anger is on the verge of causing issues for me and others in my path because of lack of self control or discipline? Are these moments of emotional intoxication safe? The answer is no! The enemy wants you to think that it’s safe to indulge in moments of living under the influence of our flesh, but in the end the results can be deadly! So friends take a look around you. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 states, “Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble.” Be intentional with the people around you! Take time to check on them. When you see them struggling or about to make a mistake, and maybe drifting in the wrong direction...take the keys per say; and intercede! Pray for them! Encourage them! But whatever you do don’t just sit idly. Be the friend you’d want someone to be for you. A listening ear when needed, but delivering a firm word of correction, wisdom, and direction when one goes astray. I’m thankful for my friends! They’ve been there for me in times of crisis and kept me from driving right on into the traffic of destruction. Friends don’t let friends live any kind of way! Pay attention to your surroundings...someone needs you today! Paying closer attention, Jess

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