The Company We Keep
“It was my great privilege to write The Company We Keep for New Life Prison Ministry. Both New Life and myself felt that the subject matter of this project was something vitally important for those incarcerated to read, study and most importantly, apply to their lives and present circumstances.
I’m thrilled to share with you that since the book’s release, I’ve received many very positive and encouraging letters, notes and emails about The Company We Keep from chaplains, from those in custody, and from men and women who have continued on with the studies that New Life offers once they are released from custody. For this I give God all the praise and glory and thank New Life Prison Ministry for the opportunity to partner with them on this project.
The people whom we surround ourselves with are so vitally important, in so many ways and on so many different levels. The company we keep really does keep us…keeps us moving forward in life, keeps us accountable, encouraged, or holds us back from realizing our full potential. We more often than not become the average of those we spend the most time with. Careful consideration must be given to those who become our closest inner circle of influence.
When I consider my own past, I cannot discount how influenced I was, in an incredibly negative, counter-productive way, by those with whom I associated at that time. This is true as well, of so many others who have found themselves on the wrong side of the law. Show me your friends and I will indeed show you your future. My prayer is that those who read this brief study, just forty-eight pages, will be encouraged and challenged to think carefully about who they have associated with in the past, the role those associations have played in leading the reader to their present circumstances and finally, to exercise both caution and wisdom in their choice of friends, associates and acquaintances in the future.” – Ted Nellis