Earlier this spring I got to spend some "ironsharpening" time with one of my Ironsharpener brothers who always lifts me up everytime we're together. Now Rob would tell you that it's the other way around but the truth is that we both are right. But since this is my blog we will tell this from my perspective. If you want to hear it from Rob, then go check out his awesome blog at www.robertsnitko.com
The Sport Mentor blog is based on a simple principle found in the Bible in Proverbs 27:17 which says "As iron sharpens iron, so does one man to another" I would say that is one of the best descriptions of the relationship Rob and I have. Based on the picture you would think that all we share is a love for basketball, but besides being a couple of hoop addicts, we both have a calling to invest in others.
Being an ironsharpener is totally based on the desire to invest in others, partnering with them to bring out the best in each other. Ironsharpeneing takes place in every area of life. It takes two people that are willing to share the best of what they have to push each other to be all they are intended to be. There is a lack of mentoring in our society today and we need to reclaim this lost art. In a previous article titled "Three Relationships That Will Make You A Success" (Click here to read) I described the three types of ironsharpening relationships that everyone needs. Whether it is someone ahead of you, someone at the same station in life or someone who is just starting their journey all of these relationships are rooted in the principle of Ironsharpening.
For me, Rob is one of those brothers who sharpen me everytime we meet. I look forward to our times together because we both walk away from it better men than we were going into our time together. I know i am going to be challenged in every area of my life and I love him for it. I certainly do my best to do the same for him. But this blog is not so much about us, but it is my challenge to you!
Who are the ironsharpeners in your life? Who challenges you to go farther than you think you can go? Who is in your corner no matter what? Who has your best interest at heart? These are all questions that you need to ask yourself. If these people don't exist in your life, you need to seek out someone who is that type of person and develop a relationship with them and watch how you will grow as a leader, becoming all that you were intended to be!
Stay Forever Strong!