“By faith Moses…choosing rather to endure ill-treatment with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin” (Hebrews 11:25).

Everyone with whom we interact leaves a brush-stroke on the canvas of our lives. Whether life becomes a masterpiece or just another painting is determined in no small part by those with whom we choose to associate. Thus, like Moses, we must aspire to those relationships that build up, stretch, and challenge us in the walk of faith, instead of muddling through life in the company of those filled with cynicism; who are negative, critical, and see only the worst in others. One kind will encourage you on the way to the Promise Land, while the other will hold you hostage in the quagmire of wilderness wandering.

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