The Power of Positive Friends
In a previous post I mentioned how Daniel provides a biblical example of how to do college well. In this post, I want to expand a bit more on the impact that our friendships have on us.
In 1 Corinthians 15:33, Paul the Apostle warns us that “bad company corrupts good character.” He doesn't say it as directly, but the implication from his letters is that the opposite is also true, "good company promotes good character." This was surely the case in Daniel's life. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were Daniel's college buddies and they were men of integrity.
While Daniel was obviously the leader of the group, his friends had an important and positive influence on him. For example, in Daniel Chapter 2 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego prayed to God that He would reveal Nebuchadnezzar's dream. And God was merciful and revealed it to Daniel.
Later in Daniel Chapter 3 we read how Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego encouraged each other to stick to their beliefs no matter the potential cost to them. Indeed, because they would not bow down to Nebuchadnezzar's gold statue, the king had them thrown into a blazing furnace. This was literally a group of friends that had passed through the fire together. I think we can assume that their courage to do what was right was amplified by their support of each other. It is worth noting that the Bible does not make any one of these three men the spokesperson of the group, instead they are always referred to as a unit. I believe this highlights how their friendship had made them singular in purpose and perspective. The moral here is that making friends with positive people is one of the most important things we can do in life, especially in college.