This prompt is challengers. Who challenges you? Who pushes and provokes you?
For me there are two sorts of people in my life who challenge me - those I find difficult, and those who love me and want me to be the best I can be.
Both of them cause me to grow.
The ones who want me to be the best I can be cause me to grow by showing love to me. They call me out when I should be better. They don't let me get away with giving less than I can. They challenge me to try new things, to reach that little bit higher, to take risks.
The others, the ones I find difficult and a challenge to be with, cause me to grow because I have to be deliberate about showing love to them. It doesn't come naturally. I have to work at it - the patience, the grace, the mercy and forgiveness that are necessary. The holding of my tongue when I want to lash out.
I need both sets of people in my life.
I need to be challenged.
I need to grow.