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Sparks that sharpen – Indianapolis Recorder

Sparks that sharpen – Indianapolis Recorder

“As iron sharpens iron, so man sharpens man.” Proverbs 27:17

This verse prompted me to research the actual process that happens when iron sharpens iron. (That’s the educator in me, folks.) When the two pieces of iron come into contact, sparks are created. The friction smooths and refines the edges of both pieces of iron. This sharpening benefits both pieces, allowing them to perform their tasks more effectively.

The process of interaction and sharpening of edges leads to increased effectiveness and mutual improvement. Sharpening occurs through constant contact and a mutual and balanced effort. Both parts emerge sharper and more precise.

“As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. When we work together, amazing sparks fly,” Sheila P Spencer version of Proverbs 27:17

Last week I was a guest on Sistahfriend’s podcast. We met at a conference a few months ago and have stayed in touch. We discovered common interests and passions and developed a collaboration. It has been a blessing.

Later that same day, I shared this experience while having lunch with another friend I met at an author event earlier in the year. We hit it off because we had common interests and gifts. This past weekend, we met again because we were exhibiting at the same event and made plans to meet up. We both agreed that it was divine timing for both of us. This time was also mutually beneficial and a blessing to both of us.

When I got home, I was able to talk to a friend on FaceTime and we encouraged each other. Three encounters made me realize again how important it is to live in a community.

In a world where we try to be a lone ranger, it does us no good to be isolated. This reminds me of bell hooks’ statement: “The intellectual tradition of the West is very individualistic. It is not community-oriented. The intellectual is often seen as a person who is alone and cut off from the world. So I had to practice being willing to leave the space of my study to be in the community, to work in the community, and to be changed by the community.” bell hooks reminds us of the power of being in the community and working together.

We are called to inspire and sharpen each other. The benefits are:

Creative Sparks: Collaboration often leads to new ideas and innovative solutions that one might not have come up with alone.

“Two are better than one, for they will receive a good reward for their labor: if one of them falls, the one can help the other up.” Ecclesiastes 4:9-10a (NIV)

Shared wisdom: Each person brings unique experiences and knowledge, so everyone involved can learn from each other and gain new insights.

“The way of fools seems right, but the wise listen to advice.” Proverbs 12:15 (NIV)

Responsibility and motivation: Working with others creates a support system that helps maintain accountability and keep motivation high so everyone can achieve their goals.

“And let us consider one another to encourage one another toward love and good works. Let us not neglect to meet together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encourage one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” Hebrews 10:24-25 (NIV)

Just as iron sharpens iron, one man sharpens another.

Through collaboration, incredible sparks fly.

We are not designed to solve everything on our own.

It’s a powerful feeling to know that we don’t have to be alone.

If you feel isolated and no one is there,

Get in touch with the people who are important to you and find strength in them.”

Let us sharpen each other.

Sheila P Spencer