A young man approached the foreman of a logging crew and asked for a job.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 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 replied, “I thought you paid on Friday.”
“Normally we do,” said the foreman. “But we’re letting you go today because you’ve fallen behind. Our daily felling charts show that you’ve dropped from first place on Monday to last place today.”
“But I’m a hard worker,” the young man objected. “I arrive first, leave last and even have worked through my coffee breaks!”
The foreman, sensing the young man’s integrity, thought for a minute and then asked, “Have you been sharpening your axe?”
The young man replied, “No sir, I’ve been working too hard to take time for that!”
Aren’t our lives like that sometimes? We get so busy that we don’t take time to “sharpen the axe”. In today’s world, it seems that everyone is busier than ever but less satisfied than ever. Why is that? Could it be that we have forgotten how to stay sharp?
There’s nothing wrong with activity and hard work. In fact, throughout the Bible we find encouragement to work hard! (see Colossians 3:23, Ephesians 6:6, Ecclesiastes 3:13, Nehemiah 4:6, and many more!) But God doesn’t want us to get so busy that we neglect the truly important things in life, like taking time to pray, to read and study scripture or to listen to “the still small voice of God.”
We all need time to relax, to think and meditate, to learn and to grow in our spirit and in our walk with the Lord. If we don’t take time to sharpen the axe, we will become dull and lose our effectiveness.
May you take the time to refresh your spirit and sharpen your axe!
Be blessed & Be a blessing!
- The Legend of KILROY (barefootpreachr.org)