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The Unsharpened Pencil

I was riding in the backseat of my friend's car when I noticed a pencil in the backseat pocket. When I picked it up, I noticed that it wasn't sharpened. This pencil then began to speak to me.

I thought of all the potential within this pencil; I thought of the purpose for which it was created. The books that could be written. The equations that could be solved. The drawings that could be illustrated.


But something was missing. This pencil was completely useless. Its potential couldn't be realized. It was disconnected from its purpose. Why? There was no sharpener.


That's when I realized that this pencil represents you and me. We were created with a purpose and have unlimited potential. In order for our potential to be ascertained, we need to be sharpened.


The sharpening process is not enjoyable. It involves pain, hardship, and loss. However, this process is exactly what a pencil needs to fulfill its purpose.


The pain that you have gone through, are currently facing, or will eventually encounter, is exactly what you need to endure to accomplish your life's created mission.


It isn't easy. There will be blood, sweat, and tears. Our human tendency is to avoid pain; instead; embrace it. If you let your pain shape and mold you into who you are meant to become, it will be worth it.


Keep on fighting.



Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. - Hebrews 12:1-2


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