One year when I attended EFY, an awesome object lesson was given to us. It involved Pringles and Chips Ahoy cookies, which just so happen to be two of my favorite snacks. He began by talking about people that influence our lives. We came up with a list somewhat similar to this: family, friends, teachers, church leaders, etc. During our teenage years, friends seem to have the biggest impact on us. It seemed like we didn't want to hear what our parents would say, and we already knew what was being taught by teachers for both school and church.
Contrary to our belief at that age, the people that we wouldn't listen to were the ones that could build us up the most. Although friends can be a great strength in our lives, they can also be a great weakness if we choose them unwisely. Picture yourself as a Pringle. If you surround yourself with other Pringles, you can build each other up. Through that you can withstand temptations better. Let's talk about what happens when a lonely Pringle tries to build up a Chips Ahoy. The Pringle will be crushed under the weight of the Chips Ahoy cookie, and both will end up at rock bottom.
Even if we have multiple Pringles underneath the Chips Ahoy, our progression will be halted. We can't stack any more Pringles on top of the cookie. The only way to continue to be built up is if we surround ourselves with Pringles in our lives. It can be hard at times and we may even be ridiculed for it, but if we continue doing what we know is right, we'll be built up until we reach the heavens.