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Does Your Axe Need Sharpening?

Some years ago a young man looking for work approached a foreman of a logging crew and asked him for a job. "It depends," replied the foreman. Pointing to a tree, he said, "Let's see you take this one down."

The young man stepped forward and skillfully and easily felled the great tree. The foreman was impressed and exclaimed, "you can start on Monday."

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday rolled by. Thursday afternoon the foreman approached the young man and said, "You can pick up your paycheck on the way out today."

Startled, the young man asked, "I thought you paid on Fridays,"

"Normally we do," answered the foreman, "but we're letting you go today because you've fallen behind. Our daily charts show that you've dropped from first place on Monday to last place on Wednesday."

"But I'm a hard worker," the young man objected. "I arrive first, leave last, and I've even worked through my coffee breaks!"

The foreman, sensing the boy's integrity, thought for a minute and asked, "Have you been sharpening your ax?"

The young man replied, "Well, no, sir. I've been working too hard to take the time."

How about you? Have you been too busy to sharpen your ax? Sometimes we can get caught up in what we consider to be important and urgent. But many times those things are never outside our own little circle. We pass people who have problems, needs, and are hurting, but we don't see it because we are too busy cutting down trees. Sometimes we need to take a step back, take a break, and sharpen our ax by looking around. What are we (you) about? Are we doing the job we are called to do? Pray about it!

For His Cause,
Tim Woodward