Who We Hang With…

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“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.”

–     Proverbs 27:17

Who we hang with matters.  There are multiple studies that say the ____ people with whom we spend the most time are a powerful influence on our level of satisfaction and how compellingly we engage in life.

As Difference Makers, we’re called to sharpen others, yet that’s not the whole gig.  We’re also called to allow ourselves to be sharpened.

Yesterday, I spent the bulk of the day with a fellow sharpener, and we both came away with a “better edge on the blade.”  This morning I got a group text from a team of sharpeners, a couple of whom have never met one another, but who are, by affiliation, impacting the rest of the group.

The easy path is to avoid the sparks, heat and honing of the sharpening wheel.  The road more traveled is full of traffic that doesn’t ming being dull or getting duller.  The easy path is to hang with people who not only don’t make us better, they’re not interested in getting better.

The Difference Maker’s path has lots of metal grindings alongside.  It’s a road less traveled and full of significance, trust, transparency and commitment.

As we sharpen one another, the Difference-making multiplies.  We, and those with whom we hang make each other #getbettereveryday.


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