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Becoming sharper!

Rev. Alison Grove

Have you noticed that there are more and more ads on television these days and in print media for improving the memory of your brain? Without having to buy anything; watching an episode of Jeopardy for example seems to keep that mental alertness alive within us.

Sometimes what the world offers for mental sharpness isn’t all that helpful.

Throughout Scripture, God always challenges us for being alert. Both the Old and New Testaments alike talk about loving one another, encouraging one another, and even for building up each other.

When Jesus preached to the crowds who followed him; he told stories. His stories included familiar images so that persons could be making connections to their faith. Every story that Jesus told was meant for adding value to one’s life. Maybe adding value to somebody’s life has become a lost art or a lost act on our part.

In the book of Proverbs, the writer lifts these words: “As iron sharpens iron, so friends sharpen each other’s faces” (Proverbs 27:17, Common English Bible).

I see this verse as a timeless principle that speaks truth into our crazy world today.

As a pastor I’m always mindful of the fact that what I say and do has the potential for impacting someone else’s life. I love the idea when two friends can work toward coming together for helping each other become sharper.

Like the writer of Proverbs says, you add value for sharpening those with whom you meet. No resource is more valuable to a relationship, an organization, or to the church than the value of people.

In what ways might you be adding value to your children, grandchildren, family and friends? Be encouraged for living and practicing your faith today!

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Finding Faith is written by area pastors. This week’s column comes from Rev. Alison W. Grove, Pastor of Covenant and Faith United Methodist Churches, Lock Haven.

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