As we grow older, we become more selective of our friends. At least I hope you do. I know some people who consider every person they meet a friend. Would you really give everyone your last $1. I probably wouldn't. It's not to say I'm selfish. It is to say that I am cautious of who I allow into my world and who I would give my last. My last means that I believe in your integrity and your ability to make that $1 work for you. The real question comes in when you consider your list of friends and who would be willing to give their last $1 to you.
Throw out all the notions of giving to the poor, charitable contributions, and humanitarianism. This $1 is not an actual $1. It represents who you would give your heart to and who would give you theirs. There are different levels to friendship. Some are good company. Some are good for a laugh. Some are good for helping you move. Some are just good for nothing important. The company you keep is determined by who you are, where you've been, and what you want in life.
A person who only associates with people who spend their time robbing others cannot expect to rise above that lifestyle if they never go outside their circle, their neighborhood, their family and meet someone new. It only takes 1 new relationship or a reframed look at an old relationship to know that you have the ability to change the company you keep. Unlike family, our friends can come and go. While I still keep in contact with friends of my youth, my godly counsel and friendship statuses have changed. I now have a new circle of friends. Ones who keep me grounded, ones who keep me spiritual, ones who make me laugh, and ones to wipe my tears. This may seem like a lot of people, but it's actually 5 individuals who I cherish dearly.
Outside of my husband, these ladies are my rock. I keep them close because as they elevate, I elevate. As I elevate, so do they. We encourage each other to strive for more, to live life to it's fullest, and not to settle for second place. The company I keep are the ones who I would give my last $1 to any day of the week and I know that they would give me theirs.
If you are still wondering about your company, ask yourself this: If you are falling from a cliff, who would reach down to pick you up? If you were floating in the sky, who would you reach down to lift up?