Drink Upstream From The Herd
Dedicated To My Grandfather: John Jeff Brock
“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.”
1st Timothy 4:12
As I was growing up my grandfather and I loved to hunt, and we spent much of our days in the mountains. I probably spent more time with him, other than my wife, and will never forget his many sayings that now mean so much to me, and were great lessons that I share often. There were many mountain springs through the hills, where we would always find water to drink, and also most of the farmers let their cows roam the mountains. One of my grandfather’s sayings was “to always drink upstream from the herd.” When I think back on this time in my life, I can see much wisdom in this simple statement. Throughout our lives we are all influenced by the people around us. We all meet, work with, and have contact with people, who have good morals good family values and follow God. We also encounter people, who have very little, or no morals bad family values that follow Satan. When we encounter either group of these people, we have a choice to make, whether to gravitate to people who have their lives centered on God, or to people who are worldly, with their lives centered on Satan. Whatever group we choose to follow, this group will certainly influence our lives, and we will gravitate to their level. We can choose higher values as our way of life, or we can choose to lower ourselves to worldly values and their standards. My grandfather also had another saying “when you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty”. There is nothing that will influence a young person more than to get into the wrong crowd, as their influence will so easily lead them astray. I would like for you to consider whether you are with the wrong crowd in your life, or whether you are “drinking upstream from the herd.” God can give you all you need to withstand the temptations of life.
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