A man started to climb a high, steep mountain when a snake asked the man to carry him along. “But you’re a snake,” the man said. The snake smiled. “Don’t worry. I won’t bite you.” After days of arduous climbing, the man reached the mountain summit, whereupon the poisonous snake bit him. As he lay dying, the man cried out, “You said you wouldn’t bite me!” His reptilian hitchhiker looked at him and said, “Ha! You knew I was a snake when you picked me up.”

This is Howard Butt Jr. of Laity Lodge. We’re often tempted to make deals when we shouldn’t. If you trust snakes, you’ll get bit. It’s impossible to travel with the wrong people and reach the right result … in the high calling of our daily work.

“Do not be misled: ‘Bad company corrupts good character.’ Come back to your senses as you ought and stop sinning; for there are some who are ignorant of God — I say this to your shame.”— 1 Corinthians 15:33-34

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