There’s an interesting verse in the Bible. Proverbs 27:17 tells us that As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.
I’ve often pondered over the meaning of this verse.
What does iron sharpening iron mean? Does iron sharpen iron simply by being in the presence of other iron?
No, not at all. Iron can’t sharpen iron by being next to each other.
The way iron sharpens iron is through conflict.
How Iron Sharpens Iron
The thought behind Proverbs 27:17 is interesting. Iron can sharpen iron.
But how does that happen?
Iron can only sharpen other iron through conflict. When you hit two pieces of iron together, you can sharpen it.
Why then, as Christians, do we strive to avoid conflict? We flee from conflict like it is the plague.
Yet, we know that the conflict iron faces when they clash, provides sharpening. Read more...
I’m often called odd when I tell someone my favorite book of the Bible. That book? The book of Ecclesiastes.
For some reason, this specific book speaks volumes to me. I think it’s because of the passage found in chapter 3, verses 1-8:
To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted…
This scripture is calming, especially in times of trouble. You know what I mean?
Ecclesiastes tells us there are seasons in life. Good seasons, bad seasons, waiting seasons, seasons of reaping, and seasons of death.
Why This Is Good News For Leaders
You may be wondering how anyone could say that this is good news for leaders. I’m here to tell you that it is! Read more...
Change is an ever-constant truth in our lives. Nothing stays the same (Well, except ONE thing).
The seasons change, our roles change, people change. We can’t stop change.
But there’s a lot of people out there who don’t like change. You may be one of them.
I am, at times.
I don’t like saying a forever goodbye. I don’t like losing a friend. I don’t like telling someone they’re no longer a fit.
It sucks. And yet these are changes we must face.
The Real Reasons We Resist Change
While there’s a lot of emotions in our fight to avoid change, that’s not the real reason we push back. There’s actually psychological reasons behind this.
We think of the worst-case scenario: When we face change, our minds automatically go to the worst-case scenario. This comes from the flight-or-fight portion of our brain. Read more...
Only a few things are guaranteed in this life of ours.
We are guaranteed that one day we will day. And we are guaranteed there will be change.
Change Comes In Many Different Forms
You never know where change will come from. It seems like it was out of left field.
Sometimes the change will hit you like a train wreck.
Over the last couple of years, Pam and I have seen 2 youth pastors leave the church we were attending, we’ve left a church I’ve attended for almost 30 years, we lost one of our dogs, and so much more.
Change is quite. Change is shocking. Change is painful.
And sometimes change is good. Change can be refreshing. Change can be joyful.
You might see change in the growth of your child. You might experience change when you leave a bad job for your dream job. Read more...
Over the last couple of years it seems my wife and I’s lives have been turned inside out.
We lost a beloved dog. A great mentor of ours moved from youth pastor to senior pastor at a different church. Another leader we knew had to be removed from his position of leadership..
To top things off, we made the difficult choice to resign our position as youth leaders and leave a church we’d attended for years. Talk about rough! And talk about change.
These changes have not been easy. These changes have not been pleasant.
But the changes we’ve faced have taught us what to do when we’re faced with change and when that change is difficult.
Pray: The first thing you need to do when you’re faced with difficult change is to begin to pray. Pray for guidance. Pray for wisdom. Pray for peace. Pray for hope. Pray for signs. Read more...