As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. – Proverbs 27:17
Happy birthday to my daddy in Heaven. I was thinking about all the great things he taught me and how many times I wish I could have another conversation with him. I’d like to share part of a Father’s Day writing with you today.
Thank you, Daddy. Thank you for showing me what it means to have a good work ethic. Thank you for teaching me how to barter when I don’t have money. I know growing up, we didn’t have more money than time, but there was always time for laughter, for listening, and for love.
Even though you built houses for a living, ours was the best one of all – not because it was more fancy, but because the love within those walls turned that house into a home. I remember sitting in front of the TV in the family room listening to you laugh at some show. I wanted to memorize that sound and tuck it in the back of my mind so I’d never forget it. All I have left is that tape in my head… and I play it over and over again. I would give so much to hear you laugh for real just one more time. But you know what, Daddy? One day I will… yeah, I will. – Linda Palmer
It’s always my intent to be a balcony person on this blog – an encourager and a cheerleader to folks – but I won’t be fake and pretend that everything is just peachy keen all the time, just so others will think well of me.
I believe there are moments when we are all balcony people AND basement people. I believe that we sharpen one another’s iron – at all times. I don’t believe that we are exclusively balcony or basement people. I believe we are God’s children – and there are HIGHS and there are LOWS because we are all very HUMAN. God knows us, and I don’t think it’s bad to admit that I’m not on the mountaintop every single day.
If and when I’m having basement moments… I appreciate the balcony people who come along and encourage me in those times – but I also appreciate the basement people who are not ashamed to admit they’re struggling a bit. If God puts a basement person in my path, it’s probably because He wants me to help them.
That’s what we do… we help those who are going through a rough patch. I help you… you help me. Iron sharpening 101.
We all want to be balcony people – encouragers – cheerleaders – energizers – affirming. I’m no different – but if we’re honest, we’d admit that we all need someone to give us encouragement – cheer us on – energize us – and affirm us – once in a while.
The Bible tells us to sharpen one another’s iron – it’s a give and take – one day I encourage – and another day – I get encouraged. It’s my intent to encourage and uplift others, using the wonderful Word of God; however…
If I have to be on a mountaintop 24/7 as I write this blog, maybe I’m not doing what I need to do. If you expect this humble writer to be on a mountaintop 24/7, sorry to disappoint you. If I’m not on the mountaintop, it does not indicate that I lack hope or peace in my life. It just makes me human. I won’t apologize for being human. I won’t judge you for being human either. 🙂