Thursday, December 2, 2010

Grateful that you've made me sharper

From the time I first read it, I've been captivated by this statement found in Proverbs 27:17 (NIV):

As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.

I'm captivated by this picture of how people can affect one another.

This year I learned that the blog-o-sphere is a place where this sharpening happens. Repeatedly as I've read the words of the writers here & on their own blogs, as I've participated in discussions on my blog, and as I've read the words of people out there in the blog-o-sphere, my thinking has been enlarged. I've been spurred on to asking more questions, looking at things from a different angle, and finding ever practical ways to put into practice what I believe.

I'm grateful that David, Tony, and Joyce let me join in with Kingdom Bloggers. It's been stimulating to participate here with my brothers and sister in the Lord who come from different traditions than my own, and who have had life experiences that inspire me. It's filled me with joy that we can respect our differences and give one another the freedom in Christ to belive exactly how he or she believes God is leading. I've treasured the opportunities to both give and receive prayer from this group.

For someone like me who was born in 1960 and grew up with black and white TV and typewriters, it's cool to see how God is using the internet and connecting people.


David said...

@Tracy - I didn't realize we were such hot pokers in your spiritual life. Maybe you just mean Tony. ;)

Personally I hate this verse. It always seems to show up in the middle of a conflict. The connotation is that there is strife and argument; a debate with a clear winner and loser.

It is one of those verses that I don't get until I think about it in terms of being challenged with a religious stance or ideal that I have. So much of the Bible gets shoved into the main stream without context, and is subject to personal thoughts. You guys cause me to dig a little deeper.

I may not be the sharpest tool in the toolbox, but I am more useful than I ever was.

Thanks for joining us!

Joyce said...

Isn't it wonderful how we not only encourage each other but sharpen each other. So glad you are with us and yes, I remember black and white tv and typewriters. I typed my husband's dissertation on an IBM selectric - thank God it wasn't a manual. Now I zip through things that took us hours to do ...
More importantly, just think, we have the potential to not just reach our neighbor who lives next door but share our lives globally.