Iron Sharpens Iron

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.

Blacksmith Shaping Metal

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.

The Single Action That Will Lead To Incredible Growth

Every leader wants to improve. It’s ingrained in us, right?

The problem is, many leaders fail to improve and improve quickly because they don’t know how.

They miss the single action that brings incredible growth. And it’s right under our nose.

The last couple of years have seen me tapper off my running. I have struggled to run long distances. I struggled to run faster.

My regular runs consisted of multiple stops during a 5k distance. My average my was creeping towards the 10-minute mark.

This time was frustrating. I knew I was better than this. I had been better than this.

I kept hitting the road. I kept getting the same results.

Then, something changed. I found my key to improving performance.

Run With Higher Performers

The thing that changed my running was the day I invited a friend out for a run.

The World Keeps Changing

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.

How To Create The Culture Within Your Organization

Lots of people are talking about corporate culture and how they want their organizations to be known for theirs.

After all, companies like Google and Amazon are known for the culture their company permeates.

But how does an organization create a corporate culture when one has never been defined? It’s difficult because there’s been a culture that’s evolved since no one stepped up to direct the culture.

It’s now your duty to create the culture you want.

This is how you do it:

Model the behavior you want to see: Do you want the culture of your organization to be laid back and easy going or do you want your organization to look like it’s worth a million bucks?

You have the power to shape the culture. To do so, you must model the behavior you want seen.

Inch By Inch We Grow

There’s something frustrating about growing. That frustrating thing?

Growth isn’t instantly noticeable.

There’s truth behind that statement. You know it. You feel it. And, if you’re like me, you resent the fact growth takes time.

You will grow inch by inch

Image by Dave Toaster

Yet it’s a fact of life. Rarely will anything of worth happen instantly. Rather, growth takes time.

Give Growth Time

The world is increasingly becoming an impatient place to be.

We get angry when things take longer than we think they should. The quick meal at Burger King is ruined because it took 5 minutes to get your order rather than 2 minutes. The horns start blaring as the car at the stoplight doesn’t proceed the moment the light turned green. The anger starts rising when your new pet doesn’t catch onto the household rules.

All because we’re impatient. We’re expecting something at the drop of a dime.