Most clichés drive me crazy. "Time flies." "Good things come to those who wait." "A penny saved is a penny earned." We've heard so many of them it gets a little annoying.
Yet, it seems there is something deep about clichés. They have been around forever; it's sort of a common-man's proverb. These clichés stand the test of time.
The other day I found myself saying twice in the same day, "Birds of a feather flock together." The second I said it I wondered, "Where is that coming from?"
Have you ever noticed that like minds attract? I read a study recently that said even people who are in the same income bracket are typically friends. It's almost some odd law of nature.
Spiritually speaking, I have noticed the same thing over the last five years. I have seen it time and time again. When I was growing up, I heard my dad say at least one hundred times, "You are who you hang out with. If you stick your hand in trash, you will stink." His saying stuck with me and I feel the same way even today. I have noticed that "iron sharpens iron" is not just a cute proverb on a Hallmark card but a core value statement that can lead someone for a lifetime.
If I could give someone some strong spiritual advice, it would be this, "If you want to grow in God to deep places, you absolutely must surround yourself with people who will help you get there." Birds of a feather....
Bobby Clinton did some research and noticed that people who grow in their spheres of influence have 4 things in common:
1. They invest in someone.
2 They are being invested in by someone.
3. They have someone inside of their organization that sharpens them.
4. They have someone outside of their organization that sharpens them.
That is some great advice for all of us. Many people don't have even one of these in play in their lives.
I want to finish well. The number one cry of my heart is to cross the other side finishing well. I don't want to throw my life away. I don't want to be just another casualty in ministry. I heard someone recently say, "I don't want to get close to another pastor because they will just simply let me down." I don't blame this person at all for saying this. I get it. I don't want to be one of those leaders. With that said, passion alone is not enough. I must be willing to be vulnerable with other people and let them into my life to "sharpen" me. Many leaders think that leading is synonymous with loneliness. He or she "goes it alone." I can't and won't choose that path. It leads to destruction. I want to fly together with others that are making me better, keeping me pure, and helping my eyes stay on Jesus.
"Birds of a feather flock together."
I love that old cliché because I don't want to fly alone.