(Need to start at the beginning? Day 1)

I had a number of you ask what to do with troubling friends.

The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray. Proverbs 12:26 NIV

Pray, cry, talk to your trusted friends, and decide how much you can handle having the difficult person in your life.

We want to impact the lives of those around us for good. At the same time, you need wisdom about how they are impacting you (and possibly others around you).

Sometimes you can reduce the amount of time you spend with them or what you do when you meet. Occasionally a heart-to-heart talk will help. And, sadly, sometimes you need to break off the friendship.


One of the best resources I know of is The Emotionally Destructive Relationship by Leslie Vernick. She helps you identify unhealthy behaviors and then sort out your options in response. Sometimes you can help difficult people and sometimes you can’t.

I think my biggest takeaway from this week is that I need to make more time for the people in my life. To be a good friend, you have to show up.


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