Acts 20:24, Proverbs 27:17, Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
At the age of 14, when our youth ministry intern introduced me to this particular girl, I was only trying to be nice. It was obvious she wasn't used to the church “deal”. In Sunday school names like Paul, Moses, and John the Baptist would go right over her head. I had never been around anyone who wasn't familiar with these basic stories and vocabulary. It became something that I'd think about often, so the next week I decided I'd sit by her and whisper the answers to her questions as we went through each passage. (This was before the age of everyone having smartphones, so Google wasn't an option for her).
After a few weeks of doing this, I could tell she was passionate about knowing the bible, but got stuck on some complicated theology that is hard to wrestle through without growing up around it. I gave her my number, and I'd continue to try to compare bible stories and concepts with other, more relatable examples. Through all these conversations, my knowledge and excitement for the Word grew in just simply taking a passage apart to appreciate all it offered.
Middle school is hard enough as it is, much less when you are alone in your faith, and trying to figure out what it all means. But together on our Motorola cell phones, we'd sit on our beds and talk about how the Living Word of God could bring hope for each person she was praying for.
Then as we transitioned into high school we started to learn how to hold ourselves spiritually accountable to one another and how to be a witness in even the smallest of ways. Boys came and went, classes were annoying, yet we passed. We went to different schools, grew up on opposite sides of town, yet I was closer to her than anyone around me at that time. That might sound crazy to some, but this girl and I had heard the same sermons, looked up to the same people, and both wanted to live an Acts 20:24 life.
But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God. (Acts 20:24)
We had the same foundation in Christ and drive for His mission. 5 years later, this girl is my best friend, and we have weathered many storms throughout our friendship. Many people wouldn't understand, but even so, it was iron sharpening iron. There was never an experience in my life that I was more consistently passionate about. She is my relentless soul sister, a girl God sent to guide me to Himself.
“As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.”
Proverbs 27:17 NLT
“Two are better than one because they have a good reward for their efforts. For if either falls, his companion can lift him up; but pity the one who falls without another to lift him up.”
Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 HCSB