Proverbs 27:17 states that as iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. Sharpening others requires us to use our influence. With this influence comes great responsibility. We should always be aware of what we are sharpening.
One of the most important lessons I’ve learned being a leader is that we are always being watched. We’ve got people that look up to us and depend on us. Whether it’s at work, home or in social settings, we can be sure that our actions are being judged. But it’s not enough to say we need to act accordingly and be good role models. If we aren’t intentional, we can influence people negatively without even trying. If we have a poor attitude, are angry, aggressive, become negative or make rushed decisions, we can give license to others to do the same.
We are human and will have bad days. The key to properly shape our impact on the perceptions of those around us is prayer, meditation and self-control. We must be mindful and on purpose with our actions, so that we sharpen tools of righteousness instead of weapons of destruction.