Be a lifter, not a leaner

By: Rusty Potter

W. Clement Stone said, Be careful of the environment you choose for it will shape you; be careful of the friends you choose for you will become like them.” Friends will either help you to rise or cause you to fall. If you spend time with unsuccessful people you will be exposed to the same unsuccessful habits. If you associate with eagles, you will soar to great heights. Surround yourself with people that speak encouragement to you.

True friends will continually encourage you to reach for higher goals and bigger dreams. Proverbs 27:17 (NIV) says, “ As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” Be somebody who makes everybody feel like somebody. We rise in life by taking the time to help lift someone else. Lifting is intentional. You must have a desire to lift up and to encourage others each day. Remember, we rise by lifting others.