As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend. – Proverbs 27:17
Honest feedback is something lacking in our world today. Our culture has placed such a focus on being sensitive to others or only listening to what makes us happy that it can be rare to find a person who is willing to be a friend who sharpens their friends. But these people do exist and it’s always refreshing to hear their words – even if it’s the words I would not choose to hear.
Yesterday was a blessing to me because I was able to spend an hour talking with a friend who is willing to say the truth. He has helped me more than he may realize. First he listened to my barrage of ideas and situations and then he responded in a way that was serious yet gentle. He was sharpening iron.
Honest feedback and advice keeps us from making mistakes or doing something we later regret. Honest feedback gives us the opportunity to better ourselves and make decisions that benefit not only ourselves, but the people around us. Having someone to be quick to listen and slow to speak is worth more than gold.
I won’t name my friend for various reasons but he knows who he is and I am very thankful for him. I also hope you can find a mentor or a friend who is willing to do the same. It’s more valuable than you could ever believe!