Let me start with saying that this is the best fortune cookie I have ever opened. I got this one a couple of weeks ago after going out to eat at a Chinese restaurant (with the best Chinese food I’ve ever eaten), and I still like to look at this quote and think about how true it is.

Beyond the fact that this is accurate in simple reality and physics, I think it’s funny as to how much this symbolizes. I like to look at this quote and think about what I’ve said about other people. Have I told secrets that they’ve asked me to keep? Have I gossiped about him or her? Have I been honorable as a friend?

The Bible tells us in 1 Corinthians 15:33 “Do not be misled: ‘Bad company corrupts good character.’ ” What makes me think sometimes is how I can apply myself to passages such as this from the Bible. Sure, I can choose my friends wisely, and make sure I’m not allowing myself to become corrupted. But then I think, am I acting as “Bad company” to my friends, and should they be the ones choosing wisely not to be my friend?

Almost every day I feel challenged by these quotes to be the best I can be, and to respect my friends and family for all their greatness, as well as all of their faults. We all know the “Golden Rule” from elementary school right? “Do to others what you would like to have done to you.” Well believe it or not you can trace this back to the Bible (What! The Bible in schools!?!), Luke 6:31 reads “Do to others as you would have them do to you.”

My challenge, which I would like to challenge all of you to as well, is to be the best you can be. You will fail, just as I fail, because we’re all sinners and we make mistakes. It’s in our design. But what we should do is learn from these mistakes, and move forward as better people. Ask yourself if you would wanna be your friend, or if you wouldn’t be able to stand yourself? If you know there’s some things that need to be fixed, now would be the time to start.

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