i'm glad to say that i have plenty of people in my life that sharpen or challenge me if you will. people of all ages...they are as different as they come.
i have a good friend who never ceases to remind me to be humble. and she does it while not even pointing a finger at me. she doesn't know she's helping me be a better person every time i see her, even when i tell her. must be because she's humble. please keep it up.
another friend has taught me that it's not what's on the outside but on the inside that counts. got tattoos? fine with me. dreadlocks? way cool. blue and green spiky hair...whatever floats your boat. i'll never forget when we went to the fair together over sixteen years ago. she spotted another person she knew who tagged along with us. sounds innocent enough, right? only he was wearing a kilt with doc marten boots, and i'm not sure he was Scottish or playing any bagpipes. the stares we received that night opened my eyes to how judgmental people can be. look at the heart...not the clothes or earrings...not even the plaid skirt.
another person reminds me not to go to extremes. there is a happy medium with everything and with my personality well, it's either all or nothing...black or white.
i have a friend from another country who is outwardly amazingly on fire for the Lord. wow is all i gotta say.
yet another has taught me that the people i love make mistakes. it's not the mistake i should focus on but the love. forgiveness is everything.
and even my elderly friends remind me to not waste the moments...to make each breath count for something. that the world can be changed by just one person...and if not the whole world than someone's world.
yet, a sweet family reminds me that we aren't of this world, this isn't our home. we are not our jobs or the cars we drive. we are not defined by the clothes we wear or what college we graduated from. none of it matters in the end. this makes me want to live for God more now than ever before.
i'm blessed to have an array of people in my life to challenge and sharpen me and i pray that in some way i can sharpen them a bit in return.