May 27, 2020

Be a sharpener

As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.  Proverbs 27:1

Do you have any friends that sharpen you?  What do I mean by sharpen?  Friends that bring out the best in you and inspire you be become greater than you are right now?  I’m not talking about just someone you may know that you occasionally come into contact with that entertains you with stories of great exploits. I’m talking about friends that you go through life with.  Your everyday friendships that are closest and most valuable to you.

Today’s verse is a comparison to how our friends and those we are closest to impact our lives.  It says that it’s just like iron that sharpens iron.  It can actually be explained by saying we become like those we hang out with and are closest to.  It is significant because the iron that is doing the sharpening is made out of the same material that it is sharpening.  So whatever kind of friends we have, they are rubbing off on us and us onto them. 

Now is when we evaluate who we are becoming and who we want to become.  If you consider who you want to become and the goals you want to attain in life, you can quickly assess if you are filling up your time with the right influences.  You do have a choice.  The first choice to make is that you are going to be sharpener.  Become the kind of friend that encourages and inspires others to become the best version of themselves that they can be.  Second, find the people that are accomplished in the things you want to be successful in and spend time learning from them.  Having a mentor is a great place to start.  Someone that can help you to set goals and make a plan to reach them. 

The kind of people you spend the most time with are going to be the ones that you can look at their life and pretty much see what yours looks like.  Take a good look but don’t let your surrounding determine who you will be and what you will accomplish, make that decision for yourself.  You can even become a great sharpener simply by leaving every meeting and conversion better than you found it.

Today I want to encourage you to become a sharpener!  Help those around you to become sharpeners too.  The best place to start is with attitude and outlook.  Encouraging your current friend to be people of grace, kindness and thankfulness will always leave them better than if you spend your time with them gossiping and complaining.  Next make a plan to find someone that can rub off on you.  Someone that is always growing and sharpening their skills and those around them.  Spend some time praying about who you should surround yourself with and then commit to learning and growing from those He leads you to.

Today’s scripture reading:  Proverbs 27

Published by L. Lyden

Lynette is a recently published author and coordinator of Voices Magazine who endeavors to use her gifts and influence to encourage and promote aspiring writers. Her Daily Dose blog has been an outlet for her to encourage readers to walk closer to God each day. She is a wife, mother and grandmother who loves spending time and going on special outings with her family.

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