I have people in my life who aren’t afraid to challenge me. These are the people who speak truth out of love and who want me to be the best me that I possibly can be.
They won’t let me settle. They stretch me and help me grow.
Why? Because they care.
It doesn’t mean that I always like what they have to say though. In fact, in most cases they frustrate me (at least at first). Their words often stir things up and push me out of my comfort zone (if I let them). Then there are even the times when I flat out disagree with them (until I sit back, reflect and realize that perhaps they are exactly right).
Do you have people like this in your life?
Or, potentially more important…
Are you being this type of person to someone else?
Just like how iron sharpens iron, we need to invest in each other if we are to help each other fully become the people who God created us to be.
Speak truth, do it out of love, lift others up, care more about who they can become than simply focusing on what they can do for you.
Be open to being challenged and look for ways to challenge others as well. It matters.