January 21, 2019 @ 2:27 AM

Welcome again to this week's word for the week. Well, the new year is truly here. We are not talking about it being on the way anymore. The time is actually here now. While there is good reason to be excited there's also a good reason to be watchful. Take a look around you for a moment. Who are the people in your circle? What are some of the things you are attached to? How do those things line up with where you are headed and trying to accomplish?

In life you have to constantly evaluate things and people around you. This is not a bad thing at all. It's always good to know who and what are near you. It's important for you to know these things as they can have a big impact on where you're going. The right people and things around you will lead to your success. The wrong people and things around you will lead to your destruction. You always have a choice but I'm sure you're choice is not destruction if you have a say in the matter.

This is where and why you need to look around you. The more I watch certain things lately the more I keep hearing people talk about having a good team of people around you. I begin to meditate on that from a spiritual perspective and started to realize something. On this journey with Christ we too must have a good team of people around us. We need people who can and will truly pray for us. We need people who can motivate and encourage us. We need people who can correct us for our own benefit. You can't have just anyone around you. You need people assigned by God if you plan on winning.

Give this thought because it will bless you. We all know plenty of people. The question is who can you count on in a crisis? Who can you confide in? Who will tell you the truth regardless because they know it will only help you in the long run? Who can make you laugh when you're feeling down and out? There's nothing wrong with having various people in your life for various things. Some people you simply hang out with. Some people you share and build with. You have to know the difference.

One of the sons of Solomon became the king. The men went to him for relief from the taxation of the various building projects. The king went to consult with others on how to handle the matter. The older and wiser men told him that if he considered what the people were saying and eased the burden then it would gain their loyalty long term. The younger men who were his friends told him he should make things worse just because they asked. He followed the younger men and lost it all. Do you see where we're going with this?

Let me close by saying this. It always has, does, and will matter who and what are around you even if you don't know it. You need people that will challenge you to stay on course with God so that you can see the promises He has in store for you. You need people who will correct you when you take a wrong turn and yet love you enough to not hold it over your head once you get back on track. You need people that will believe in you even at times you're unsure if you should even believe in yourself. You also need to make sure that everything around you is a help and not a hindrance in your life. Trust me, great things are in store but make sure you are sure the things and people around you won't set you back.

May the Lord continue to bless and keep you in His grace,

Bishop Carlos J. Lennon