It’s been a run of ugliness – much of it coming out of Hollywood. There have always been whispers about the dark side of the movie industry but now details are coming into the light and they are even uglier than we expected.
It hasn’t been limited to Hollywood. Now there are similar accusations coming from women on the U.S.A. Olympic team.
I anticipate that this is just the beginning of revelations. There is more to come. And possibly from areas of society that will surprise us.
Who can women trust? Who can any of us trust?
That made me stop and think about the people in my life. People who did not break my trust. People I’m thankful for. People who made my life richer than it would have been had we not crossed paths. And there have been many of them.
But a few stand out.
Heading the list is my wife who has had an enormous impact in my life. She deserves more credit than most people realize. Proverbs 31:10-12.
My parents who raised me in a godly family are on the list. As are my children.
Then there were seminary professors who saw me as more than a student and imparted not just academic knowledge to me, but their own lives.
Along the line there have been some special friends who have been there when I needed them. They fulfilled 1 Thessalonians 5:11 in my life.
Included in the list have been people who have stood outside that ring of intimate friendship, but who in some simple way made a lasting impact.
There have been a few people who, although our contacts were relatively limited, nevertheless spoke words of truth (sometimes hard to hear) that influenced my life.
There have been others.
I’m thankful for each of these people who made me better and those who are continuing to have an impact on me. Their lives have rubbed off on my life. They are the Proverbs 27:17 people for me.
In this day of ugly news about people we need to remember the people who have been positive, godly influences in our lives. We need them.
If all you do is fill your mind with the ugliness of man’s sin, you’ll soon despair. If you fill your mind with those good people who have touched your life you’ll find hope.
Who are you thankful for?
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