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TOOLS OF THE TRADE

An old legend tells of a noisy carpenter's shop in which the tools of the trade were arguing among themselves. Brother hammer was told by his fellow tools that he would have to leave because he was too noisy. To which he replied, "If I am to leave this carpenter's shop, Brother Drill must go too; he is so insignificant that he makes very little impression.

Little Brother Drill arose and said, "All right, but Brother Bolt must go also; you have to turn him around and around again and again to get him anywhere."

Brother Bolt then said, "If you wish, I will go, but Brother Plane must leave also; all his work is on the surface, there is no depth to it."

To this Brother plane replied, "Well, Brother Ruler will have to withdraw if I do, for he is always measuring others as though he were the only one that was right."

Brother Ruler then complained against Brother Sandpaper and said, "I just don't care, he is rougher than he ought to be and he is always rubbing people the wrong way."

In the midst of the discussion, the Carpenter of Nazareth walked in. He had come to perform His day's work. He put on his apron, and went to the bench to make a pulpit. He employed the bolt, the drill, the sandpaper, the saw, the hammer and the plane and all the other tools. After the day's work was over and the pulpit was finished, Brother saw arose and said, "Brethren, I perceive that all of us are laborers together with God!"

Isn't it wonderful! God uses all of us and our unique gifts and talents in the building of His church!!

For His Cause,
Tim Woodward
Smithville church of Christ