“You use steel to sharpen steel, and one friend sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17
In God’s word, we’ve been given some valuable guiding principles for just about every area of our lives…even friendship! This verse in Proverbs tells us that good friends are meant to “sharpen” each other.
When I picture “steel sharpening steel” I imagine the very large chef’s knife in my kitchen drawer. I love this knife! I use it to chop and dice vegetables that I can then turn into delicious soups, salads and main dishes for my family and friends. But I’ve noticed that as time goes by, and after many uses, my knife becomes dull and doesn’t slice through the vegetables with the same ease. It loses its effectiveness. So, I pull out my knife sharpener and glide the thin steel blade across the grainy stone. It takes multiple swipes before the blade returns to its razor edge. And if I look closely as I’m pulling the blade back again and again, I can actually see small sparks from the friction. What a powerful word picture for true friendship!
Over the years and seasons of life, I’ve had the blessing of enjoying different friend groups. One of those that had an extraordinary impact on me was during the years of homeschooling my three young children. In the course of this season, I found myself doing life with about ten other different, yet like-minded women. These sisters were as much a life group for me as they were a classroom of teachers for my kids. As moms, we spent countless hours together – we planned science lessons for our kids, prayed with and for one another, studied God’s word together and served in our church and community. Many of these women are still friends in my life to this day – some have moved away – but we all have an eternal bond that was forged through the intimacy that comes from the sisterhood of motherhood.
You see, God didn’t intend for us to go through life alone. He created us for community and you can’t have community if you aren’t willing to huddle up with a sister or two. Just like my chef’s knife, you too, will get dull and lay unused in a dark drawer if you don’t allow yourself to be sharpened by the stone.
What one thing can you do today to sharpen a relationship with one of your CF Sisters?