This is one of my favorite days of the month. Why? Thanks for asking. For almost 13 years I have tried to read one chapter of Proverbs every day, and this is the day that has some of my favorite verses. While reading this morning, I saw and heard God talking to me about relationships and my heart (keeping in line with yesterday's devotion). Here are a few of those verses from Proverbs 27:
2 Let someone else praise you, not your own mouth—a stranger, not your own lips.
5 An open rebuke is better than hidden love!
17 As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.
19 As a face is reflected in water, so the heart reflects the real person.
Just a few reasons why God uses His book, the Bible, to stretch us and guide us. I love it!
Then I get to the office and begins to read my favorite blogs (I now use bloglines to keep up with them which saves lots of time). God teaches us by allowing others to sharpen us. Here are a couple of the guys and posts that sharpen me:
Tim Stevens wrote in this post about the challenge of priorities that seem to pit themselves against each other. What I want to learn is how to Learn, Lead and Love like Jesus did.
Ben Arment wrote in this post and this post some things that made me think deep stuff about leadership. In the first post he talked about good leaders leading through their writing. In the second post Ben talked about God using our past and our failures to propel us to greatness. What I want to learn is to just be me and share what God says, no holds barred.
In about a week we begin our series "confessions of a pastor", and God is teaching me so much about myself and my need for Him. Get ready for more. Once again, you are getting the inside track. I pray that today I will sharpen others and be sharpened all the while reflecting a heart for God!