Doing What it Takes!

I often think of the story about the two woodcutters who spent a whole day chopping wood.

One of the woodcutters chopped all day and did not stop to rest and at the close of the day had a large pile of wood.

The other woodcutter chopped and every fifty minutes stopped and rested for ten minutes. He worked calmly and attentively and at the close of the day he had a much larger pile of wood.

“How can this be possible?” asked the first woodcutter. “I never stopped to take a break!”

“It is simple, responded his friend, I always sharpened my ax when I was resting.”

Throughout the New Testament Jesus sharpened his ax. Time and time again He went away, alone to pray.

I think we often need to sharpen our ax. To fellowship and pray, alone and with others.

The public today is more wired and less knowledgeable than ever before; it talks more about diversity, fairness, and equality but practices far more tribal and racial discrimination and blind patriotism.

President George Washington once said, “May the Children of the Stock of Abraham, who dwell in this land, continue to merit and enjoy the good will of the other inhabitants; while every one shall sit in safety under his own vine and fig tree, and there shall be none to make him afraid. May the father of all mercies scatter light and not darkness in our paths, and make us all in our several vocations useful here, and in his own due time and way everlastingly happy.”

Until next time. Praise God!