Consort: (v) to habitually associate with someone
It took me a little while to realize that I am not a savior.
I was not particularly arrogant or self-righteous, but I felt it was my job to carry a cross–and if there wasn’t one available, to build one.
During this season of misconception, I lived in Louisiana and consorted with other agencies to help people who were in prison or the county jail.
It was my full intention to be an intermediary. They had attorneys to get them through the court portions of their difficulties, but I thought they needed a guide
to get them somewhere near the “strait and narrow.” For some ridiculous reason I fancied myself to be motivated and perhaps even qualified to perform this function.
What did I learned through the process? When life sends people in need your way, into your own environment and your own field of control, you should do everything you can to help them.
But if you’re going to the lion’s den, or in this case, the prison, to be of assistance, you must realize that this arena is not your home.
For I will tell you as a fact: I heard so many stories and listened to so much self-pity and poured out my heart in empathy so many times that I began to actually side with those who were behind bars.
For some reason it totally escaped me that they were criminals and that was why they had been detained. It wasn’t because they needed a hundred dollars as start-up money to begin a car repair shop–or that they desperately required someone to pay their bail, giving them freedom to be out of the clink, working on their cases.
I learned that when you consort with the sinner, you sin.
When you consort with liars, you start finding sneaky ways to fib.
And when you consort with the ungodly, your counsel begins to suffer and your own veracity is soon shaken.
I gave myself a gift.
I now make it clear that I love people and I care about them–but I have no intention of chasing them to the gates of hell to make sure their britches don’t catch on fire.
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