Iron sharpens iron

I used to focus on all the negative things day to day and if positive things happened I would pick those apart as well. I would want more of something if something good happened to me not appreciating the things that were given to me. I was really negative around other people wanting them to live in my misery as well. Walking with God teaches you to be more positive and care about those around you and their feelings. Not to say that I don’t slip up and have the occasional negative thing to say or have a bad day in general but I try to stay focused on the good. I thought at one point in time I wanted to be a teacher, showing people how to build things like what I did for a living in construction. In the past I haven’t been a very good boss barking orders at people and talking down to them if they made a mistake. If you were constantly telling somebody that they’re not good enough and that they don’t measure up. They start believing they aren’t good after a while which doesn’t make for a better worker. Instead of yelling or being frustrated take the time out to do it right, if they are doing something incorrectly tell them and show them the right way to do it don’t just tell them. Like me I am a visual learner you could tell me to your blue in the face or have me read something and ask me to get it done and the chances are pretty slim on me accomplishing that goal. If you show me I can repeat the process identically every time. Giving someone an attaboy or telling them how much you appreciate what they’ve been doing and how much they’ve learned so far can go a long way. The same can be with someone who is going through struggles in life and just need a friend to come in and pray for them, telling them that they’re doing a good job and that they have the strength to get through whatever situation. This could also be just giving someone a hug, or good advice, or just being a listening ear. Friends need someone who will help build them up help encourage them on the right road in life through God and we can be that person. I challenge you today to make a difference in someone else’s life. If you are saying I already do that with a couple different people then try going out and doing it with a couple others. I can get stuck in the same routine uplifting just the friends that I have now instead of outreaching to others. I know that when I outreach though it makes me feel so much better knowing that someone else out there could use a friend. If this is your goal today then please join me in prayer. Dear heavenly father thank you so much for yet another beautiful day. Please help us to go out and change the life of someone today Lord and please put that person in our path. Speak through us when we speak with them, touch our ears to better listen, and touch our hearts to have compassion and love for them. In Jesus precious name, Amen! Proverbs 27:17 As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.

Published by Matthew, Karen, and God

Karen Guthrie, a retired Bank Manager, Vice President, and Matthew Moore, who works in construction, are members of the same church. In March 2014, they both joined the Oakdale Rescue Mission Board of Directors. They started sharing their stories with one another on how God has greatly impacted their lives.

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