Become wise by walking with the wise; hang out with fools and watch your life fall to pieces. Proverbs 13:20 MSG
One of my favorite musicals is “The Music Man.” I’ve almost convinced our children that a musical is a work of art, but it’s an ongoing process. The life lessons available through a few ingenious songs are simply invaluable (the catchier the tune, the better . . . thank you Rodgers and Hammerstein)!
Well, if you know this story, you know that the townspeople of River City, Iowa, are mighty concerned about their young people. Professor Hill has given them a hint about the town’s new billiard parlor and the trouble brewing as a result of it. The whole musical centers around the community working to steer their youth towards the positive endeavor of a band. Even though the Professor turns out to be a phony, his feeble efforts do help the kids make better choices and the band makes a debut. And amazingly, the kids influence the Professor to come clean and tell the truth for the first time ever.
Our lives will be the result of our associations. How wise the Proverbs continue to be, thousands of years from the time they were written. Though the trouble in River City seems small in comparison to our world, the concept still rings true. The wise man looks perceptively at the one he calls “friend.”
The influence of those we hold close and dear can make or break the hopes we have for our days on earth. If we surround ourselves with fools, then fools we will become. But walking with the wise means wisdom is on her way to meet us. And that beats trouble any day.