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Following The Wrong People!!!

Published on 12/4/2016
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Chapter Twelve

Following The Wrong People

Following the wrong people will lead us toward destruction. The Bible says that the way of the wicked is like stumbling through complete darkness.

Bread of Life

My child, if sinners entice you, turn your back on them.

Proverbs 1:10 (NLT)

Following the Wrong People

When I was sixteen, I was working at the Waffle House. I had started as a waiter. When the manager saw the way that the customers took to me and that I was a hard worker, he trained me to be a cook. When I began cooking, I went from making $2.15 an hour plus tips to $8.00 an hour plus tips. The manager explained to me that if I continued to work hard, one day I would be able to be a manager of a restaurant and have the possibility of buying into the franchise. I was still doing well in school and staying out of trouble. Now I had a new goal—to buy my own Waffle House.

Around that same time, an eighteen-year-old boy named Melvin became my roommate at the center. We found out that we had a lot in common. Like me, Melvin had nowhere to stay and his mom was also addicted to crack cocaine. He had been raised in the Macannyville projects in Atlanta, where he had lived until he had moved in with a married woman who was going through a separation with her husband. The woman had reunited with her husband, leaving Melvin with nowhere to stay. I talked to my manager and got Melvin a job working with me and we soon became like brothers. 

Things went well until he talked me into skipping school and work to go hang with his old homeboys in Macannyville. Melvin’s friends sold drugs, chased women, drank beer, and smoked marijuana all day. They offered him some beer and marijuana. He accepted and asked me if I wanted some. I really didn’t, but everybody was looking at me and I didn’t want to seem like a lame, so I accepted. This would become an everyday routine and soon, we both got fired. I didn’t care though because, by then, all I wanted to do was drink and smoke.

When the center found out that we had gotten fired and that we had been skipping school, they kicked Melvin out of the program. I was also removed from the program and my caseworker was told that he would have to come and get me. I didn’t want to lose Melvin because I looked up to him and felt that he was my brother. So I ran away from the center and went to the projects, where Melvin was living with the married woman who had once again separated from her husband.

I stayed with Melvin and started selling drugs again. Life, from my point of view at the time, was great. One day, Melvin and I were hanging on the corner when he told me to stay there while he ran to the house for a second. I agreed. After about an hour had passed, Melvin still had not returned. I started walking back toward the apartment. As I got closer, I could see police cars and ambulances everywhere. I was a runaway, so I stayed in the back of the crowd.

I saw Melvin’s girlfriend crying and I got butterflies in my stomach.

When everyone had left, I walked up to the apartment and his girlfriend told me everything. Melvin had returned home and found her husband there. Her husband and Melvin got into an intense argument and started fighting. Her husband pulled out a gun and shot Melvin in the face, killing him instantly. I could not believe it until the day of his wake when I saw him in the casket. Melvin’s casket was open, but when you looked closely at his face, it looked like a plastic doll’s face. I cried so hard. I really missed my friend and brother. 

I stayed with Melvin’s girlfriend for about two more months. I began having nightmares and was afraid Melvin’s ghost was in her house, so I turned myself in and waited until my caseworker came from Columbus to get me. True enough, I loved Melvin, but I have to admit that my life was better before I met him.

Follow the Son of God

Following the word of God will Lead our Souls to joy

And let our minds be at ease. Do not follow wicked friends

Who are evil in their plans and with their Tongues deceive.

Turn your back on them, Their goal is to trick you With traps that can lure,

Instead have faith in God without doubt And believe in something that’s pure.

Some people we really don’t like And to some we can give our love away, But if the way they are living is wrong,

Then from them, we must stay. Jesus is the true Shepherd And your love is all He demands

So give up on being led by the blind And let Jesus take your hand.

Poem by Antonio E. Walker

Way of Life

Then Samuel said to the people,

Do not fear. You have done all this wickedness; yet do not turn aside from following the Lord, but serve the Lord with all your heart.

1 Samuel 12:20 (NKJV)


Almighty Lord Jesus,

On this blessed day, I pray to You to say thank you for giving Your life for my sake. I’m sorry for following the wrong people, when I should have been following You. I know You are the true Shepherd,

and that you will lead me in the right direction because you love me. Please forgive me for all of my sins, all unrighteousness, and also for being very foolish. I repent and accept Your forgiveness and will allow You to lead me into heaven.

I love You, and vow to obey Your Father’s commandments. In Your magnificent name I pray.




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