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4. Write down the names of the four people you spend the most time with. Then ask: "Do these people support me, nurture me and encourage my creativity and ideas?" If the answer is no, get rid of those people.

OK, so they're your family. You can't blow them away. But if those four people drain you, you must augment your list with others. It's a matter of life or death.

People you spend time with frame your world and influence your ability to make decisions. If you're surrounded by the Bad News Bears, make some new friends.

More importantly, forge a relationship with the One who loves you best. The Lord Jesus Christ paid a price for you. He laid down His life so you could live. He paid the price for your bondage so you could be free from it. Spend time in His presence. Find out who He is through His Word.

"In Your presence is fulness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore" (Ps. 16:11). Who needs garbage when you can have this?

Read a companion devotional.


Jane Pierotti is the founder and president of her own consulting company, Counterpoint, Inc. She is the author of Supercharged Living (Creation House.)

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