Kevin Durant’s decision to leave the Thunder and join the Warriors is one of the most intriguing stories I’ve witnessed throughout my life as a sports fan. The July 4th announcement that Durant is jumping on board with the team that eliminated him just a few weeks ago, is receiving non-stop coverage. 

There is commentary on why Durant chose to leave the city that loved him so much, and criticism for bolting the team he took to the Finals and where he won a league MVP. Although there are wide-ranging opinions (I am personally glad it all came together), it’s hard to deny that watching him play with the Warriors next season is going to be fascinating.

This is an extremely bold move for Durant, but what stands out to me the most is the comment he made when heading into free agency. He expressed that his decision would come down to this: “Who I’m going to be playing with and the people I’m going to be around every single day, that’s what it’s all about for me.”

From my perspective, when Durant picked the Warriors, he chose better players with complimentary personalities and styles. He found a great fit by surrounding himself with extremely talented guys known for their selflessness.

You and I may never duplicate the basketball decision Durant made this week, but we can relate to making choices about the people we surround ourselves. We can make decisions about who we spend meals with, who we spend free time with on weekends, and who we experience our day to day life with.

Of course our family is important, but the friendships, mentors, and close work relationships we choose can have an impact on the trajectory of our lives. Are we investing our time in people who bring out the best in us? Are we truly growing because of the people we’ve placed in our circle? Which relationships are we investing our valuable time? Who do we need to call today?

The Bible says in Proverbs 13:20 (ESV), “Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.”

Kevin Durant realized he had to make a change by surrounding himself with different players. With that in mind, let’s consider walking through life with wise people who point us toward Jesus and help us grow in the important areas of our lives. Let’s be proactive by recognizing the value of embracing wise relationships. I’m Bryce Johnson and you can unpack that!

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I know that my time is limited and the people I spend my life with can have a major impact on me. Please help me to chose wisely, and please lead me to the relationships that will draw me closer to You and help me grow in wisdom. In Jesus’ name I pray Amen.