Issue: A friend is making some bad life choices. I really want to be there for them, but at the same time I want to safe guard myself from their toxic lifestyle.
Insight: The best thing to do is to pray for that person and continue to be there for them. Show them that you love them no matter what. Advise them when they allow you to. The best thing to do for yourself is to stay grounded in your faith and spend time with God daily. This way you can not only help them through your words but also through your example. If you feel after all of this that their toxic lifestyle is still seeping into your life it may be time to distance yourself. You can still be there for them, just maybe not as involved as you are now.
I strive to help others by being a safe place for others to ask questions and pose issues they face.