Iron Sharpening Iron

A little over a year ago Mike sent me a link to the Johari window. The Johari Window was invented by Joseph Luft and Harrington Ingham in the 1950s as a model for mapping personality awareness. By describing yourself from a fixed list of adjectives, then asking your friends and colleagues to describe you from the same list, a grid of overlap and difference can be built up. This link became a defining moment in my life. Everything became obvious and somewhat complicated all at the same time.

As iron sharpens iron so one man sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17

There is nothing quite like having someone that loves you give you a fair estimation of what you can work on. I know my personality flaws; Mike is my best friend and that’s what they do – they help you confront some things that you can’t do alone. I have been a stay at home mom for years now and just when you think children are the antidote for personal development, well, that is a topic for another post. I was ready to tackle some issues… but needed a vehicle to make the change. Just prior to that email with the link I had spent quite some time praying about how to address the things I was ready to change about myself. In God’s perfect timing He delivered the springboard I needed.

A year later I am looking at my list of the good, the bad and the ugly formed on that Johari window. I am happy to say I am on the other side of some of what I wanted to change. Praying for change, realizing you need it but then not knowing what to do about it is where most of us find ourselves. Allow me to encourage you here… if you are asking in earnest for God to work on YOU (and not everybody else which is what is more common, right girls?) I believe He will provide an opportunity that will take you from one level to the next, sharpening whatever it is about you that just doesn’t “cut it”. He has blessed me in abundance with a host of people, situations and circumstances to secure personal development and success in areas I didn’t even know existed. To see more about this Johari Window go to Maybe we can share our results!

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