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Weekly devotional: Iron sharpens iron

Aug. 6, 2021

Contributed by Communication Group Staff

Ka Ipu o Lono shares weekly devotionals to provide spiritual enrichment to members of the Kamehameha Schools ‘ohana. For more inspiration, visit the KS “Our faith” website.

Heluhelu Baibala
Hoʻokala kahi mea hao i kekahi mea hao,
Hoʻokala hoʻi ke kanaka i ka maka o kona hoalauna.
– Na Solomona 27:17

Scripture Reading
As iron sharpens iron,
So one person sharpens another.
– Proverbs 27:17

He manaʻo o ke kahu
KS Maui Kahu Kalani Wong KSK’74

What’s up with the 400-meter hurdles at the Tokyo Olympics? The men’s gold and silver medalists pushed the limit and broke the existing world record, with the bronze medalist just shy of the record time. In the women’s 400-meter hurdles, the world record of 51.90-seconds, set by Sydney McLaughlin at the Olympic trials, was shattered with her gold medal time of 51.46. Silver medalist Dalilah Muhammad, who won the gold at the Rio Olympics, took the silver with a time of 51.50. She held the previous world record time of 52.16

After setting the world record at the Olympic trials, Sydney McLaughlin was asked what changed for her this year.

“The biggest thing this year was my faith, trust in God, trusting in the process and knowing that He’s in control of everything, and as long as I put the hard work in, He will carry me through. And I cannot do anything more than give the glory to Him at this point.”

She was later asked what it meant to be a world record holder, “It doesn’t last forever, and the glory is not mine. I just want to be a vessel for this sport and a vessel for God and glorify Him as much as I possibly can before I’m gone.”

When asked about running against Dalilah Muhammad, she said there was no rivalry. “Iron sharpens iron. . . two great athletes pushing each other to be better. There’s no animosity, there’s no hard feelings, just two people trying to be their best.”

Iron sharpens iron. We all need that, not just athletes. We all need that one person who can help us be our best, who can push us to get stronger in our faith and will call us out when we are headed down the wrong path. It is difficult to live in today’s world with all the distractions and challenges which can lure you away from your daily walk. When you have that accountability partner, you have someone who will tell you straight up when you are giving in to temptation, who knows your strengths and your weaknesses, what can make you stronger and what might draw you away from God. Iron sharpens iron brings you both to new levels of faith so God may be glorified.

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