Are you soaring with eagles or pecking with turkeys?

It's time to find -- and become -- a person who sharpens others.

By Dr. DAN ERICKSON

You may have heard this saying before: “You will be the same person in five years that you are today except for two things: the people you meet and the books you read.”

Let’s set books aside for another blog. But what about the people we meet? Or more accurately, what about the people we rub shoulders with?

First of all, we’ve got to be in healthy, close relationships with others. This doesn’t happen by accident. We must intentionally sacrifice time to develop strong, meaningful friendships. If we don’t, then we’re left with me, myself and I. Yet God made us to be interdependent on one another. That’s why “two are better than one” (see Ecclesiastes 4:9-12).

Now, simply hanging out with another warm body won’t do. Proverbs tells us to “walk with the wise and become wise.” Not only that, “the companion of fools will suffer harm.” This means to choose your close companions carefully.

Everyone has flaws and faults. In relationships, if you hold out for 100% or nothing, you’ll get nothing. And while we’re at it, let’s remember all of our faults. But in general:

1.    Who is someone filled with love and grace?

2.    Who is someone who loves me enough to challenge me?

3.    Who is someone who lives consistently for Christ?

That’s the person to team with. You’re looking to soar with eagles, not peck with turkeys.

“Eagles … were not designed to walk. They fly. And when they fly, oh, how they fly, so free, so graceful. They see from the sky what we never see.” – Anonymous

Turkeys, on the other hand, are not the representative animal of any country – and that’s for a reason.

This isn’t to bring anyone down. There is a turkey in all of us. But look for someone who can help you soar.

But remember: It isn’t just about you. God gave you a gift and made you unique. You have something to offer whether you believe it or not. The idea is that we pray together, share together and soar together.

Ask God to pair you with an eagle. Then offer to buy a cup of coffee and imagine the possibilities!