As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another - Proverbs 27:17 (NIV).
Social contacts can have a positive, stimulating effect on the mind and the personality. Both of my sons run AAU track. One of the first times that I took them to practice, I figured that I would WALK around the track a few times as part of my "cardio" regimen. One of the parents of the other kids at practice saw me and encouraged me to work out with him. Little did I know at the time that he was a former division 1 college football player. My cardio workout changed from a few laps around the track to running the stadium steps! To my surprise, even though I was winded and could barely speak at the end of the workout, I loved it! I continue to incorporate it as a part of my cardio workout to this day.
In life, we need someone as an accountability partner. That person needs to push us when they recognize the potential that we possess to do something great in the kingdom. In addition, that person needs to be there and call us out when we are doing something unethical or exhibiting morally deficient behavior . It's easy to find that "yes" man that will say all the things that we want to hear. It's difficult to find the one that will speak truth in our life on a consistent basis. There is a benefit in finding a relationship where you can sharpen each other. Man was not meant to travel this journey alone. I often say that person makes it to the front page of my IPhone where I have my frequently called contacts. Please make it a priority to find an accountability partner that will be a source of good, solid biblical friendship today.
Ken Sadler is a leader of Men's Ministry at a megachurch and has a heart and passion for helping men become the best they can be.