“As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.” Proverbs 27:17 (NKJV)

“And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:24-25

What a great weekend! I have found that the memories that I treasure most are not the times when I was supremely entertained or blissfully relaxed, but the times when I faced a difficult challenge or learned something very important. And while I love to laugh and have fun, the best conversations that stick out in my memory are not the ones where everyone is funny and laughing, but the ones when hearts are really opened up; the conversations that have a bittersweet blend of laughter and tears. I’ve heard this quote, and think that it is pretty wise:

“To me, there are three things we all should do every day. We should do this every day of our lives. Number one is laugh. You should laugh every day. Number two is think. You should spend some time in thought. And number three is, you should have your emotions moved to tears, could be happiness or joy. But think about it. If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that’s a full day.” 
-Jim Valvano

By this definition, the weekend had some good days. I saw many people that I loved, people who are there to cheer and rejoice with me when times are good, cry with me when times are bad, and give me a kick in the rear when I get too comfortable and need to be doing more with my life. That is a special thing. I can never adequately express how deeply I appreciate those who encourage me to do better and keep me on my toes. We all really need these types of people in our lives, for where would we be without them? Let’s remember to be thankful for those who stir up love and good works in us, and don’t just limit our time with them to once a year or even once every few months. We need to find those people in our lives and try to surround ourselves with them whenever possible, every day of the year. 

P.S. Just to clarify, I am not saying that the meeting wasn’t fun or entertaining! It really was, but it was also more than that! 😉