Tuesday, June 26, 2012

A Synergistic Friendship

This week I've had the utmost privilege of sharing some "down" time with a truly good friend.

Driven. Passionate. Humorous. Inquisitive. Impatient. Daring. Delving. Creative. Intelligent. Compassionate. 
Lois is the multi-tasking queen of productivity.

She brings out the desire in me to be better in every way. And she also has an uncanny ability to help me know how to do that. 

While one of our favorite past times is sitting at a coffee shop with our computers in our laps with coffee cups, water bottles, and such scattered around us, we have become mighty faucets of information and creativity in those times together. 

Between the two of us, we have solved several personal and business issues and have verbally processed other weighty matters. 

We shared secrets and longings and fears and our latest encounters with our majestic God. As we also have similar history with missionary work in Africa, there's always those idiosyncrasies or word pictures that only African missionaries would immediately get. I love that.

We are synergy in human form. 
(Our husbands would smile and nod in agreement while, at the same time, asking 
How much synergy is TOO much?)

This is the way God intended friendships to be. Iron sharpening iron. Being the best we can be with the help of another.

Though Lois and I don't get to share very much face-to-face time, I am grateful for the privilege of knowing and growing with my synergetic friend. She is an integral part of my life.

When is the last time you allowed yourself to be sharpened and made better by spending time with another person?

Do you embrace the encouragement, the sharpening, the synergy from your friendships...or do you shy away from them?

Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm. Prov. 13:20