Let’s be honest….there are people that you simply don’t “click” with. You don’t hate them but you simply don’t care to mingle with them. This normally happens when maturity sets in. This takes place when you become more intertwined with family commitment, priorities, or other important things that require your attention. This takes place when you make the choice to follow God instead of people. Becoming yoked to worldly people can eventually cause you to become worldly as well. If you are yoked with manipulators and deceivers, it won’t be long before you are manipulating and deceiving others, too. If you become yoke with those whose mouths speaks lies and profanity, it won’t be long before you find your mouth releasing the same. When you become yoked with those who go to church faithfully, speak and preach great things but they don’t apply to their life, it won’t be long before you are doing the same. Becoming yoked to the world can cause harm to your life and your walk with God. Becoming yoked to God brings joy and peace to your life and is the greatest thing. Because HE IS! Others may be kind of shallow in their walk with the Lord while you, on the other hand, make your walk with the Lord a priority. “But flee from these things, you man of God, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness” (1Timothy 6:11). Don’t expect even half of the world to understand your walk with the Lord. Many out-of-character things and situations will brought your way. Many will talk badly about you. Many will turn their backs on you. Then there may be times that these same individuals will come back your way but you simply don’t care to connect with them. As I said earlier, you don’t hate them, but mingling with them is not your style anymore. When you know better, you do better. When you see better, you walk better. Be cautious of the people you are yoked with. This doesn’t mean that you give everyone that you encounter the cold shoulder. Allow yourself to speak, be friendly and avoid in love. It doesn’t matter what “they” say about you or how “they” look at you, it only matters what GOD SAYS. And if you are avoiding in love, that is all that matters. Your walk with God is important. Protect it. Your peace is important. Protect it. Your heart is valuable. Protect it. The stability of your mind is important. Protect it. God’s yoke is easy and His burden is light (Matthew 11:30). Yoking with the world can be difficult and the burden of the world is extremely heavy. Be Blessed. –S.L.M.