Posted by: Anne | September 23, 2008

the parable of the pencil

The pencil maker took the pencil aside, just before putting it into the box. He told the pencil, “There are five things you need to know before I send you out into the world. Always remember and you can become a good pencil.

“One: You will be able to do many great things, but only if you allow yourself to be held in Someone’s hand.

“Two: You will experience a painful sharpening from time to time, but you will need it to become a better pencil.

“Three: You will be able to correct mistakes you might make.

“Four: The most important part of you will always be on the inside.

“And Five: On every surface where you are used, you must leave your mark. No matter what the condition, you must continue to write.”

The pencil understood and promised to remember, and went into the box with purpose in its heart.

Now put yourself in the pencil’s place. Always remember the five points given to the pencil, and you can become a good person.

One: You will be able to do many great things, but only if you allow yourself to be held in God’s hand. Allow others to be blessed with the many gifts you possess.

Two: You will experience a painful sharpening from time to time by confronting various problems. These times will help you to become a stronger person.

Three: You will be able to correct mistakes you might make.

Four: The most important part of you will always be what you are on the inside.

Five: Everywhere you go you must leave your mark. No matter what the situation, you must continue to fulfill your responsibilities.

The Bible says that God is the potter and we are the clay. He is the master and we are the servants. With God’s leading and the still small voice of the Holy Spirit guiding our steps, we can do great things with our lives. Allow this parable about the pencil to encourage you to know that you are a special person and only you can fulfill the purposes for which you were born to accomplish.

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  1. Man’s quest for happiness begins with an outward journey in pursuit of material pleasures and ends up in an inward journey only to realise that the best of potentials and happiness are inside him.

    The parable of the pencil is an excellent exposition of the notion that hidden potentialities inorder to realise to actualities require a lot of perseverance which normally surfaces as adversities, trials and tribulations.

    It takes us back to the age old truth that ” all success comes only when there are adversities” and unless we pass through the “grind” we never sharpen ourselves to face the challenges of life.


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