A young man approached the foreman of a logging crew seeking work. To prove his worth, he stepped forward and skilfully felled a great tree. Impressed the foreman gave him the job and told him to start Monday.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday passed by, but on Thursday afternoon the foreman told the young man to pick up his pay cheque on the way out.
Startled, the young man said he thought that Friday was pay day. The foreman replied that normally it is, but he had fallen so far behind in his work that they would have to let him go. He said, “You’ve dropped from first place on Monday to last place today.”
The young man objected, “But I’m a hard worker. I arrive first, leave last and have even worked through my coffee breaks!”
The young man had been so keen to set a rapid pace and do well,
that he had not taken the time to sharpen his axe.
I don’t use an axe, and I guess most of us don’t,
but I wonder how many of us NEED to take time to “sharpen our axe”.
Being busy in the Lord’s work is good.
We are meant to use the talents and gifts He has given us in His service
– but there is a “but.”
If I try to serve in my own strength, I will achieve little, if anything.
If I serve with a wrong motive, I will achieve nothing.
If I serve depending on my own abilities,
or just doing the things that please me (or someone else)
I will achieve nothing worthwhile.
PRAYER is the “hone” that gives the sharp edge.
Spending time with the Lord re-energises us, confirms our purpose,
and empowers us for the task.
WITHOUT PRAYER, THE MORE WE WORK,
THE DULLER WE GET
YOU START GOING DOWN
STOP LOOKING UP.