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“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me – put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” (Philippians 4:8-9)

As Paul starts to wrap up his letter to the Philippians, he challenges them to follow his example as they continue to pursue Christ. While this may seem like a bold statement, if there was ever one person who lived the Christian life with great power, transparency, and victory, it was the Apostle Paul.

Paul’s challenge to the Philippians back then is the same challenge we should embrace today. We all need to find positive, godly examples to follow in this life. There is so much value that comes from having mentors and wise counsel from people who have gone before you.

Proverbs 13:20 says, “Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.” Who you spend time with and who you learn from dictates the way you act, the way you speak, and the way you think. So why not surround yourself with people who can influence your thoughts and actions in a positive way?

Do you have people in your life who are pouring wisdom and encouragement into you? Are you seeking godly counsel as you walk through life and make decisions? If not, I would encourage you to begin to pray and ask God to put someone in your path who can mentor you and guide you in a positive direction. I can assure you this is a prayer God would love to answer, and once He does, you will be amazed to see the work He does in your life through the wise people around you.

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