Not an Optimist

During my freshman year in college my friends introduced me to the wonderful world that is the musical Wicked.  Never has there been a set of songs that I connect with in so many different ways at so many different levels. The lines I keep coming back to over and over again, though, are from the song “For Good” (watch the clip here):

Who can say if I’ve been changed for the better?

But because I knew you, I have been changed for good.

No one who has paid any attention to human behavior will deny that a person’s friends directly affect the person. In fact, Solomon knew this way back in the 10th century BC when he said, “Become wise by walking with the wise; hang out with fools and watch your life fall to pieces” (Proverbs 13:20, The Message). Teenagers rail at their parents about how…

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