“Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17
I was recently looking some old file folders with information I kept about Via de Cristo. It reminded me of many of the people with whom I served on retreat teams, met in small groups, planned activities and served the Lord. Many of these folks were part of my church family. It was a busy and productive season of my life. Now I go to another church, where my husband is the Pastor. I’m still in touch with some of those friends, but others have moved or just moved on. Life changes.
However, thinking about them reminds me of how influential our friends are in encouraging us in our Christian walk. Being in an accountability group (Via de Cristo calls them reunion groups) makes it harder to procrastinate or slack off in our spiritual disciplines. Having a close group of friends to help you when you have an idea you’d like to try (like this blog) is encouraging, too. There are so many things I’ve done that I would never have dared try without my friends. There are so many insights I would have missed without them there to notice and tell me. My friends gave me confidence; they prayed for me; they loved me and supported me even when I messed up. They were God’s gift to me.
So today I am remembering and give thanks for all my friends, old and new: for the things they have to teach me and the many ways they help me in my Christian journey. Don’t be a lone ranger Christian. Take friends with you wherever you walk.
“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow; but woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up. Again, if two lie together, they are warm; how can one be warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him. A threefold cord is not quickly broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:9-12