Helping Each Other Grow – Proverbs 27:17

Proverbs 27:17 – As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.

I have to admit something to you. I have gained 25 pounds since moving to the mountains a little more than a year and a half ago. I have lots of excuses why: I didn’t like my weight loss group. It’s harder to run up mountains than on flat land. There are some really good cooks up here. Do you want fries with that? You betchya!

The truth of the matter is that I made too many concessions. I started to eat a lot more meat in my diet. I cheated and pigged out on fattening deserts. I started eating out a lot more, I stopped exercising.

My 81 year old father-in-law lives with us. He never said a word but every morning he would get up and go walking. Then he would get on the exercise bike. It was kinda a reminder of what I should be doing.

I was talking to a friend of mine about the situation and he said we should hold each other accountable. Ugh, I hate that word. It means giving someone permission to get in your face when you don’t do what is right. But it also means encouragement to do the right thing.

So I agreed. We text message each other several times a day asking each other if we are eating right and exercising. We tell each other what we are doing and not doing. We pray for each other as well.

I have been getting up early each day and walking or exercising. I am more conscious of what I am putting in my mouth. And I am praying and praising God more.

I was talking about this in our Bible Study group yesterday and someone asked me if I had ever thought of starting a group of people to walk and exercise with it. Out of the discussion more and more people are interested. We actually decided to use it as an outreach to our community. I am looking forward to developing this idea and seeing what comes of it.

Solomon, in all his wisdom, wrote in Proverbs 27 that as iron sharpens iron so one man sharpens another. I want to encourage you to find someone today who can help hold you accountable to the word of God and to getting yourself on track.

Prayer Thought: Dear Father, You are holy, awesome, and worthy of all my praise. I ask that you will send people into my life that will encourage me in my faith and in my weight loss efforts. I also asked that you will keep me humble enough to accept it when I need a swift kick in the seat of my pants. In the name of Christ I pray, Amen.

“If you hang out with chickens, you’re going to cluck and if you hang out with eagles, you’re going to fly.”
― Steve Maraboli

“You will only hold yourself accountable for goals you let others know about. Tell someone what your up to.”
– Sign in a gym.

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