Iron Sharpening Iron

iron-sharpens-ironOn Wednesday, I had lunch with my friend Brandon. I’ve known Brandon since he was in preschool, and even though there’s several years between us, we have a lot in common.

Anytime Brandon and I get together, we wind up talking about many of the same topics. We share our passion and excitement over the growth of the church and our desire to see people grow in Christ. We discuss politics – he and I are pretty much on the same side politically, but the ways we express our political beliefs show the generational differences between us. And we talk about sports, particularly the most important sport in the world: Georgia Bulldogs football.

Whenever I spend time with Brandon – whether it’s an hour at lunch or a day at a Dawgs game in Athens – I walk away feeling refreshed and challenged both intellectually and spiritually (and I hope Brandon feels the same way). I’m grateful for our friendship and what it means, not to mention the good that results from it.

The Bible puts it best:

As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.

Proverbs 27:17

Brandon is just one example of this principle at work in my life. I’m surrounded by men and women who challenge me, encourage me, lift me up, and help me develop in my faith. I don’t lack for people who laugh with me, pray for me, and hold me accountable, and I am grateful for each and every one of them.

Do you have one or more people in your life with whom you can be iron sharpening iron? If so, let them know that you’re thankful for them. If not, I challenge you to find somebody. The results are worth the effort.